2017 Reading Challenges

All About Austen Challenge--for link, click HERE
Goal--Austen Adventurer.  Read/watch three items
1)  Sense & Sensibility
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For link to 2017 Alphabet Soup challenge, click HERE

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B  The Book Thief by Zuzak
C  The Crossover by Kwame Alexander; Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson; The City of Ember by DuPrau
D  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen; Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince & His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos; The Dead House by Dawn Kirkagich
E  The Everything Eating Clean Cookbook by Brandon Britt, Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
F  Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
G  Ghost by Jason Reynolds; The Giver by Lois Lowry; The Growth Mindset by Annie Brock
H  The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews; Hello? by Liza Wiemer; Hallow City by Ransom Rigg; Harry Potter and the Sourcer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I  In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell; If You Were Alliteration by Trisha Speed Shaskan; The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Claire
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M  Mindsets in the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci; Muffaro's Beautiful Daughters--An African Tale by John Steptoe
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O  One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; Only the Truth by Adam Croft
P  Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae
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S  A Small Revolution by Jimin Han
T  That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton; Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhodes
U  Unwind by Neal Schusterman
V  Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
W  Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
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BACK TO THE CLASSICS Reading Challenge--for link, click HERE
My goal:  To complete six categories minimum

1.  A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.

2.  A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967.
3.  A classic by a woman author. 
4.  A classic in translation.  
5.  A classic published before 1800. 
6.  An romance classic. 
7.  A Gothic or horror classic.  Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley
8.  A classic with a number in the title. 
9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.
10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit.
11. An award-winning classic.
12. A Russian classic



CLASSIC HORROR CHALLENGE--for link, click HERE
Discussions about the books will take place on Twitter using the hashtag #classichorror2017! 
Goal:  read at least half of these books.


  1. January: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  Completed 3/26
  2. February: The Tell-tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe  Completed 2/20/17
  3. March: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
  4. April: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde  In progress
  5. May: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  6. June: Dracula by Bram Stoker
  7. July: The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells
  8. August: The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs
  9. September: The Shadow Over Innsmouth by HP Lovecraft
  10. October: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  11. November: ​Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  12. December: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

READ ALL THE ALA YA challenge--for link, click HERE
  • 1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 
    • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
    2. Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability)
    • When We Collided by Emery Lord
    3. Alex Awards -10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences (Pick one of ten)     
    • The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst// The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales// In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero// Buffering: Unshared Tales of a life Loaded by Hannah Hart// Arena by Holly Jennings// Every Heart a Doorway by Sean McGuire// Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North// Die Young With Me: a Memoir by Rob Rufus// The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon// The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
      4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (Read one book by the winning author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit)
      • Name of author _____Sarah Dessen______________ (Choose one of his/her books)
      • Title: 
      5. Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT) (There was a tie---Read One)
      • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
      • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
      6. William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by author)
      • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
      7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults  (Since March, Book Three has been listed several times already, you can pick an Honor book instead)
      • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
      • Or One Honor Book: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal// In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth Davis// Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela Turner// This Land is our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
        8. Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author) 
        • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
        9. Coretta Scott King Steptoe Award (African American New Talent) 
                 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 

        10. Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (Since March, Book Three has been listed several times already, you can pick an Honor book instead)
        • March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell  
        • Or one Honor book: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson// Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin// We Will Not Be Silent: the White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman
      • 11. Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (Honoring an author or illustrated who has made a substantial contribution to children's literature) : Nikki Grimes (Read any book by this author) Title: _____________________________________
      • 12. Odyssey Award (Audio Book)
        • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit, narrated by Allan Couduner
      *********Below the line are Youth Media Award Winners which are geared towards children or middle grade students. You may read them if you like, but they are not part of this challenge 
      _______________________________________________________________________________________
      *13. Batchelder Award (Translated into English) None of the titles are YA books
      • Cry Heart But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, translated from Danish
      *14. Newbery Medal (Best Children's Literature) None of the Titles are YA books
      • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill  IN PROGRESS
      *15. Caldecott Medal (Best Illustrated Picture Book) None of the titles are YA Books
      • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
      *16. Pura Belpre (Latino author) None of the titles are YA books this year
      • Lowriders to the Center of the Earth illustrated by Raul Gonzalez


      2017 REVIEW WRITING CHALLENGE--for link, click HERE
      My goal is to write 52 reviews (average of one per week).
      1/7/17--In the Shadow of Lakecrest


      2017 YA READING CHALLENGE--for link, click HERE
      Use hashtag:  #2017YARC

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