Reading Challenge Progress

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

50 Book Pledge

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

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


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)


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)
* Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman. Finished June 8
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.

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.
2. Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves. Finished May 1

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)
* The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers. Finished April 25 (set during the US Civil War and a few decades later)

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
* Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent by Marie-Louise Gay

3. Sky
Elements by day or night, astronomy, spiritual terms
* Racing the Sun by Karina Halle. Finished March 6
* Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves. Finished May 1

4. Canadian
Titles do not need to match this category. Canadian authors and features do. A brief Canadian setting does not count. I didn't use all my Canadian books, but chose a few.
* 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
* A Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders. Finished May 14
* The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Jonathan Lambert. Finished June 9

10. Clothing or Fashion
The 11th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge
Hosted by Melwyk here.

The theme is highways and byways, and the goal is to read 13 books.

Here are mine:
1. Just Like Family by Kate Hilton. Finished July 1


  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 ( 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

    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.