Reading Challenge Progress

Here's the tracking of the challenges I am participating in at the moment

This one runs until the end of June 2017
10th Canadian Book Challenge
This challenge is hosted here. I've been doing this challenge for several years, and really appreciate John for hosting such a great challenge. He does a great summary list of books read by participants, both at the half-way mark and at the end, so if you are looking for books, these are great resources. Here's a link to the end of last year's challenge.
Here's a link to my commitment post.

I once again plan to read at least the 13 required books for the challenge and, given it is the 10th year, will set the goal of reading a book from every province and territory (either author lives there or book is set there).

Let the Canuck reading begin!
1. Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James. Finished July 3. (set in England)
2. Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay. Finished July 12 (set in New York state)
3. Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box by Jonarno Lawson. Finished July 26 (no setting)
4. Far From True by Linwood Barclay. Finished August 1 (set in New York state)
5. Red Stone by Gabriele Goldstone. Finished August 2 (set in the Soviet Union)
6. Lauchlin of the Bad Heart by D.R. MacDonald. Finished August 22 (set in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)
7. Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer. Finished October 3 (set in Michigan)
8. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley. Finished October 11 (set in England)
9. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny. Finished October 23 (set in Quebec)
10. Transit by Rachel Cusk. Finished October 30 (London)
11. Green River Falling by R.J. McMillen. Finished November 8 (B.C.)
12. Strange Things Done by Elle Wild. Finished January 25 (Yukon)
13. You Can Read by Helaine Becker and Mark Hoffmann. Finished February 4 (no setting)
14. Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman. Finished February 18 (Ontario)
15. Cake or Death by Heather Mallick. Finished February 23 (no setting)
16. Racing the Sun by Karina Halle. Finished March 6 (Italy)
17. The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys. Finished March 19 (Germany and England)
18. Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston. Finished March 29 (Ontario)
19. A Murder for Max by John Lawrence Reynolds. Finished March 30 (Ontario)
20. An Intimate Wilderness by Norman Hallendy. Finished April 8 (Canadian Arctic, mostly Nunavut)
21. One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker. Finished April 16 (set in US)
22. A Place Called Sorry by Donna Milner. Finished April 18 (set in BC)
23. The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker. Finished April 22 (set in Toronto and Cape Breton)

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50 Book Pledge

50BookPledge
I'm joining again for 2017, pledging to read 150 books.

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The following is a challenge that I am doing over at least three years

A Century of Books


The challenge is to read a book published in every year of the 20th century. 
I will be tracking this at this link

1928: Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm. Finished December 1, 2016
1955 Red Lights by Simenon. Finished April 16, 2016
1956 Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto. Finished December 15, 2016
1972 Chase by Dean Koontz. Finished February 26, 2015
1978 Sitt Marie Rose by Etel Adnan. Finished February 1, 2015
1991 The "Natural Inferiority" of Women, compiled by Tama Starr. Finished May 23, 2016
1993 Biografi by Lloyd Jones. Finished December 29, 2015
1994 Keeper 'n Me by Richard Wagamese. Finished January 11, 2015
1995 Sabriel by Garth Nix. Finished February 20, 2015
1997 Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer. Finished March 14, 2015
1998 Götz and Meyer by David Albahari. Finished December 26, 2015

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European Reading Challenge 2017


Hosted by Rose City Reader, this challenge is one I like to do every year. It gets me reading books from or set in other countries and fulfills part of my love of travel in a vicarious way.

Here is the link for the challenge. I will be doing the Five Star challenge again, which requires me to read books from 5 European countries. The challenge host has the details for the challenge requirements.
Here is the link to my sign-up for it.

My books:
1. Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis. Finished February 13 (Italy)
2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Finished March 15 (France)
3. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory. Finished March 27 (England)

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This is always a fun challenge to do, so I'm signing up for it again for 2017.


Here are the basics.

The challenge runs from January to December 2017.
You need to read books in the following categories, and the host gives examples for each category at the host page.  Here is my sign-up page.

1. A number in numbers (examples: 84 Charing Cross Road; 12 Years a Slave; 31 Dream Street)
2. A building (examples: The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture the Castle; House of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
* The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure by Adam Williams. Finished February 4.

3. A title which has an X somewhere in it (examples: The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
* Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. Finished March 29
4. A compass direction (examples: North and South; Guardians of the West; The Shadow in the North; NW)
5. An item/items of cutlery (examples: The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came from Woolworths)
6. A title in which at least two words share the same first letter -- alliteration! (examples: The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo's Calling)
    Eel River Rising by Laura Reasoner Jones. Finished January 14

I'm looking towards my shelves now for possibilities.


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I am committing to Gentle Spectrums again this year

This challenge runs from February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018

The challenge has two parts,

A Limitless Hues
This part has the names of colours in book titles or the word colour or terms like iridescent, bright, light, hue, spectrum, rainbow, shade, etc. Terms that might be shades of a color like cherry or canary don't count with the colour itself

1. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory. Finished March 27.

B Gentle Subjects
This part has ten subject categories to match to book titles. Some will also allow content matches.

1. History
Historic people, content, places, symbols, and books set in 1967 or earlier.
* The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure by Adam Williams. Finished February 4 (set in 1899-1902 China)
* Sister of Mine by Sabra Waldfogel. Finished February 7 (set in 1852-1867, Georgia)
* Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis. Finished February 13 (set in 1502-1503 Italy)
* One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn. Finished February 28 (set in 1918-1919)
* Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans. Finished March 28 (set during WWII)

2. Food
Food and drink, and words typically used to describe them like sweet or sour.
* Cake or Death by Heather Mallick. Finished February 23
* Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs. Finished March 21

3. Sky
Elements by day or night, astronomy, spiritual terms
* Racing the Sun by Karina Halle. Finished March 6

4. Canadian
Titles do not need to match this category. Canadian authors and features do. A brief Canadian setting does not count
* You Can Read by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Mark Hoffmann. Finished February 4 (Canadian author)
* Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman. Finished February 18 (Canadian author and setting)
* A Murder for Max by John Lawrence Reynolds. Finished March 30 (Canadian author and setting)

5. Money, Valuable, Class
Monetary terms, gems, etc.
* Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg. Finished February 5
* Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. Finished February 22

6. Music
Musical terms. Also books about music or musicians, or by musicians.
* The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys. Finished March 19

7. Is the Third a Charm?
Titles associated with "three". A third volume, or your third book by an author. Include a comment as to whether the author is more appealing or less at this third book.
* Three Jack Reacher Novellas by Lee Child. Finished April 4

8. Traditions, Practices, Celebrations
* The Burial by Courtney Collins. Finished February 18
* An Intimate Wilderness by Norman Hallendy. Finished April 8

9. All Critters
* Boar Island by Nevada Barr. Finished March 1
* The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Finished March 15
* Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. Finished March 29
* A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders. Finished April 18

10. Clothing or Fashion


2 comments:

  1. I like the way you have one place to keep track of all your challenges. If I were organized, I would copy you!

    You have reached the highest level for the European Reading Challenge, so congratulations on finishing! Although you may still be reading for the prize.

    If you are done, I don't know if you linked this post to the wrap up page (http://www.rosecityreader.com/2015/12/2016-european-reading-challenge-wrap-up.html). If you did, thank you and I apologize. I had a problem and lost all the links. Please visit the page again and re-link your post.

    If you had not posted your link on the wrap up page, please do when you finish. And I hope you sign up for the 2017 challenge. The sign up page is available now on www.rosecityreader.com.

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    1. Thanks Gilion. Being organized about keeping them in one place doesn't help me complete them, unfortunately. I will do a wrap-up post soon. And I'll definitely be back next year.

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