2016 Reading Challenges

I’ve signed up to participate in two reading challenges this year but I have a few goals that I want to meet this year.

Complete my Goodreads reading challenge of 100 books

I read 207 books in 2015, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to reach my goal of 100 books this year. You can keep track of my progress in the sidebar of my blog.


Read all the Youth Media Awards YA books of 2016

This is a challenge hosted by Anna @ Head of Books. The goal is to read all of the YA award titles from the Youth Media ALA Awards. There are 15 challenges but only 9 of them have YA winners, so I’ll only be completing those 9 challenges. These are listed below and I will strikethrough the ones I have completed.

1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year):
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
2. Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability):
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13-B by Teresa Toten
3. Alex Awards – 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences (pick one of ten):
  • All Involved by Ryan Gattis
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Bones and All by Camille DeAnglelis
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
  • Girl at War by Sara Novic
  • Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
  • Humans of New York – Stories by Brandon Stanton
  • Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
  • Undocumented: a Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padella Peralta
  • The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen
4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (Read one book by the winning author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children’s Lit):
  • Author: David Levithan
  • Title: Love is the Highest Law
5. Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature (LGBT):
  • The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg (It tied with George by Alex Gino, which is a Middle Grade book)
6. William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by author):
7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret HIstory of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
8. Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author) (the winner was a children’s book, so select one of the Honor Books):
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Keely
  • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  • X: a Novel by Iliyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
9. Pura Belpre (Latino Author):
  • Enchanted Air by Margarite Engle

AUSSIE YA BLOGGERS 2016 BOOK CLUB CHALLENGE

I’m so excited to be joining the Book Club Challenge for this year. It’s a super cool challenge with a tiered approach, meaning you have to fulfil the requirements of Tier One before moving on to Tier Two. The challenge will run from Feb 1 to Dec 31. Here are the rules:

  • You can choose to start with any set in Tier One. Once you complete all three challenges in that set, you unlock the other sets in the tier.
    e.g. I can start with Set C. Once I’ve completed that set, I unlock Sets A, B and D.
  • In order to unlock Tier Two, you must finish one set, plus at least one challenge from the other three sets.
    e.g. I can complete Tier One Set C as well as Set A Challenge 1, Set B Challenge 2 and Set D Challenge 2 and this will unlock Tier Two.
  • The same goes for unlocking subsequent tiers. Once you’ve unlocked those tiers, you can still continue working on the previous tiers.
    e.g. I can continue working on Tier One challenges if I’ve unlocked Tier Two.

Here are the challenges. I’ll strikethrough the ones I’ve completed and include the title of the book for each challenge.

TIER ONE (THEME: WRITING)

Set A: Diversity

1. Read a book with diversity in race – The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
2. Read a book with diversity in sexual orientationAsk the Passengers by A.S. King
3. Read a book where a character has a disability – The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

Set B: Narrative Structure

1. Read a book that is split into partsA Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
2. Read a book with time skips – The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
3. Read a book with flashbacks – How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss

Set C: Viewpoint

1. Read a book with second person point of view or with both first and third person points of view – The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
2. Read a book with two or more male points of viewStars Above by Marissa Meyer
3. Read a book with two or more female points of viewThe Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Set D: Choices

1. Read a book where a major character dies (not necessarily the protagonist) – The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub
2. Read a book with no romanceAnna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
3. Read a book with a cliffhanger – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

TIER TWO (THEME: THE SEASONS)

Set A: Summer

1. Read a book with a red or yellow cover – YOLO Juliet by Brett Wright
2. Read a book where something is burned – Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
3. Read a book that features a sun or star (may be in the book, in the title or on the cover)These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Set B: Autumn

1. Read a book with an orange or brown coverSweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
2. Read a book where something changes colours – Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
3. Read a book that features a leaf or tree (may be in the book, in the title or on the cover) – The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Set C: Winter

1. Read a book with a white or grey cover – When We Collided by Emery Lord
2. Read a book where something is frozen – Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
3. Read a book that features snow or ice (may be in the book, in the title or on the cover) – The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Set D: Spring

1. Read a book with a pink or purple cover – The Crown by Kiera Cass
2. Read a book where something is born or comes to life – Trouble by Non Pratt
3. Read a book that features a flower (may be in the book, in the title or on the cover)The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

TIER THREE (THEME: SCHOOL)

Set A: Languages

1. Read a book originally written in another language – Identity by Milan Kundera
2. Read a book where a character speaks a language other than English – Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
3. Read a book where a character speaks a made up language – Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

Set B: Science

1. Read a book where something explodesI’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
2. Read a book with time travel or clonesThe Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
3. Read a book with a spaceship – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Set C: The Arts

1. Read a book where a character is a musician or artistFrankie by Shivaun Plozza
2. Read a book with illustrations/pictures/photos (this may be a graphic novel) – The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
3. Read a book where a character does some sort of acting performance (e.g. play or film) – A Hollywood Deal by Nadia Lee

Set D: The Humanities

1. Read a book where a notable historical event occurs (this can be something that takes place over any length of time, short or long e.g. The Industrial Revolution, WWII, 9/11)Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
2. Read a book that takes place in two or more countries (real or fictional) – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
3. Read a book with a philosopher (or similar) or with a character who discusses a philosophical theoryEvery Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

TIER FOUR (THEME: HOGWARTS HOUSES)

Set A: Gryffindor

1. Read a book with a lion or other big cat in the book or on the coverLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters & Brooke Allen
2. Read a book with a red coverA Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood
3. Read a book where a character shows courage – Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Set B: Slytherin

1. Read a book with a snake or other reptile in the book or on the cover – Dreamology by Lucy Keating
2. Read a book with a green cover – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
3. Read a book where a character is ambitious – The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Set C: Hufflepuff

1. Read a book with a badger or other black and white animal in the book or on the coverStar Struck by Jenny McLachlan
2. Read a book with a yellow cover – The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
3. Read a book where a character is kindThe Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Set D: Ravenclaw

1. Read a book with an eagle or other bird of prey in the book or on the coverThe Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
2. Read a book with a blue cover – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
3. Read a book where a character is wise – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Hidden Challenges

C11: read a book with a word starting with Q in the titleRat Queens Vol 1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch
C12: read a book with alliteration in the title
– Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
C13: read a book with a word starting with Z in the title – Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
C14: read a book with more than five words in the title – This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
C15: read a book with a name in the title – Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
C16: read a book with a jewel on the coverNewt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
C17: read a book with only words on the cover – Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
C18: read a book with a fruit on the cover – Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis
C19: read a book with a book on the cover – The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
C20: read a book with something electronic on the cover – The Haters by Jesse Andrews
C21: read a middle grade novel – Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
C22: read an adult book – Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
C23: read an epic fantasyThe Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
C24: read an alternate historyWolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
C25: read a dystopianDisruption by Jessica Shirvington
C26: read a contemporary romanceYou’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About by Daniel Herborn
C27: read a mystery/thrillerThe Outliers by Kimberley McCreight
C28: read a magical realismThe Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
C29: read a fairytale retelling – Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg
C30: read a non-fiction bookHonor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
C31: read a book longer than 400 pagesNevernight by Jay Kristoff
C32: read a book that someone else has readHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
C33: read a book with one word in the title – Vicious by V.E. Schwab
C34: read a book with some sort of food on the coverTell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
C35: read a book with at least five distinct colours on the coverThe Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
C36: read an OzYABetween the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
C37: read a book where the title and author’s name start with the same letter – Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
C38: read a steampunkMetaltown – Kristen Simmons
C39: read a high fantasy novelMoon Chosen by P.C. Cast
C40: finish all revealed challenges (tiered + bonus)


Participate in #DiverseYABC each month

Aentee @ Read at Midnight is hosting a Diverse Young Adult Book Club (or #DiverseYABC) each month and I’ll be participating. I’ll list the book club picks for each month below:

 

Advertisements