2022 Reading Challenges

 All of these this year are my favorites from years' past. I'm signing up for:

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2022 hosted by My Reader's Block

I am once again setting my goal at Mt. Ararat, at 48 books from my TBR shelves. I missed it last year, with just 38 books from my shelves, but I want to challenge myself because my shelves are overflowing! Note that the challenge allows e-books and audios to count, but my main goal is to get through some of the physical books I own (my TBR bookcase now has double rows), so I only count physical books. This challenge has monthly review link-ups.

  1. Happiness by Aminatta Forna 
  2. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  3. Marshmallow and Jordan by Alina Chau
  4. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  5. Kindred by Octavia Butler
  6. Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
  7. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Tangled Web by Drew Weing
  8. Katie John by Mary Calhoun
  9. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  10. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  11. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu 
  12. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
  13. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas 
  14. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  15. Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach
  16. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  17. Button Pusher by Tyler Page
  18. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
  19. Sycamore Row by John Grisham 
  20. The Falcon and the Owl by Matty Dalrymple 
  21. The Guide by Peter Heller 
  22. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
  23. High Country by Nevada Barr 
  24. A Furnace for Your Foe by Matty Dalrymple 
  25. The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price
  26. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

 


2022 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge hosted by Girlxoxo.

I enjoy this challenge every year! I hit all of twelve of the month monthly motifs last year, so I will try to hit them all again in 2022! This also has monthly review link-ups. 2022 Monthly Motifs:

JANUARY-  New To You. Celebrate the New Year with something new to you- a new genre, a new author, a new book series, a new book purchase, etc. Janesville by Amy Goldstein (new author)


FEBRUARY- Girl Power. Highlighting Women! Female Authors, Fierce female characters, feminism, female body positivity, females in science/government, etc. Kindred by Octavia Butler


MARCH- Buzzed About Books. Read a book you saw buzzed about a lot in 2021 but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. The Editor by Steven Rowley


APRIL- Books to Screen. Read a book that has a movie or TV adaptation made based on it. For an extra challenge, watch the show after reading the book. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle


MAY- Book Lovers Unite. Read a book set in a library or bookstore; with a librarian, author, or book loving character; OR a book with the word ‘BOOK’ in the title. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson


JUNE- Supporting PRIDE through books. Read a book by an author who is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or a book featuring LGBTQIA+ character(s). A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller


JULY- Summer Lovin’ – Having a Blast. This month it’s all about the beach reads, rom coms,  and/or love stories. Pick something fun and light-hearted. Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach


AUGUST- Quick Lit. Novellas, Graphic Novels, Poetry Collections, books under 200 pages, one sitting reads. Button Pusher by Tyler Page


SEPTEMBER- Title Play. Read a book with a clever title that uses a play on words, a pun, a joke, or titles that have double meanings. Booked by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile


OCTOBER- Murder or Magic. Read a murder mystery book or a magical realism book. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters (murder)


NOVEMBER- Books in Translation. Read any book that wasn’t originally written in your native language but has since been translated to it.


DECEMBER- The Fire is So Delightful. Read a book that has a fire, flames, candles, smoke, or burning in the title or on the cover.

 

Back to the Classics Challenge 2022 hosted by Books and Chocolate.

Another challenge I return to each year. I usually set my goal at 6 classics (in 6 categories), and that works well for me, though last year, I only read 4 classics. I am already reading one now, so I hope to meet my goal this year! Here are the categories for 2022:

1. A 19th century classic. Any book first published from 1800 to 1899 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

2. A 20th century classic. Any book first published from 1900 to 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published.
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

3. A classic by a woman author.

4. A classic in translation.  Any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 

5. A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author.

6.
 Mystery/Detective/Crime classic. It can be fiction or non-fiction (true crime). Examples include Murder on the Orient Express, Crime and Punishment, In Cold Blood.

7. A classic short story collection. Any single volume that contains at least six short stories. The book can have a single author or can be an anthology of multiple authors. 

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

8. Pre-1800 classic. Anything written before 1800. Plays and epic poems, such as the Odyssey, are acceptable in this category. 

9. A nonfiction classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category. Black Boy by Richard Wright

10. Classic that's been on your TBR list the longest. Find the classic book that's been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!  

11. Classic set in a place you'd like to visit. Can be real or imaginary -- Paris, Tokyo, the moon, Middle Earth, etc. It can be someplace you've never been, or someplace you'd like to visit again. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

12. Wild card classic. Any classic book you like, any category, as long as it's at least 50 years old!  Katie John by Mary Calhoun (children's book)

 

2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

This type of challenge was a new for me in 2021, and I enjoyed it, so I'm trying another! You just track the books you read, trying to cover all letters of the alphabet (first letter of the title, not counting articles). Last year, I filled in 21 of 26 letters.

A –
B – Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban
C – The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Tangled Web by Drew Weing
D – The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
E – The Editor by Steven Rowley
F – The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
G –The Graveyard Riddle by Lisa Thompson
H –Happiness by Aminatta Forna
I – The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
J – Janesville by Amy Goldstein
K –Kindred by Octavia Butler
L – The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
M – Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh
N –
O – The Overstory by Richard Powers

 P – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Q –
R – Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
S – The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
T – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
U –
V – The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
W – The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais
X –
Y – The Year of the Horses by Courtney Maum
Z –

 

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Book'd Out.

I always sign up for a nonfiction challenge, and I enjoyed this one last year! I read 15 nonfiction books in 2020, so I will sign up for the Nonfiction Nosher category and shoot for reading at least 12. Last year, I read 13!

  1. Janesville by Amy Goldstein 
  2. Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban
  3. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  4. Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck 
  5. The Year of the Horses by Courtney Maum 
  6. Button Pusher by Tyler Page 
  7. These Precious Days by Ann Patchett 
  8. Walden by Henry David Thoreau 

Categories:

1. Social History Black Boy by Richard Wright

2. Popular Science Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban

3. Language

4. Medical Memoir - Button Pusher by Tyler Page

5. Climate/Weather

6. Celebrity These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

7. Reference

8. Geography

9. Linked to a podcast

10. Wild Animals Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck

11. Economics Janesville by Amy Goldstein

12. Published in 2022 The Year of the Horses by Courtney Maum

 

Diversity Reading Challenge 2022 hosted by Celebrity Readers.

This is also a familiar challenge for me that I enjoy every year. I read 33 diverse books last year, so I will shoot for 40 this year! This challenge also includes monthly mini challenges and a link-up for reviews. 

  1. Janesville by Amy Goldstein
  2. Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban
  3. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich 
  4. Happiness by Aminatta Forna
  5. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury 
  6. Marshmallow and Jordan by Alina Chau
  7. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  8. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  9. Kindred by Octavia Butler 
  10. Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock 
  11. Kent State by Deborah Wiles 
  12. Behind the Mountains by Edwidge Dandicat 
  13. The Editor by Steven Rowley 
  14. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Tangled Web by Drew Weing 
  15. Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte 
  16. Room to Dream by Kelly Yang 
  17. Country of Origin by Dalia Azim 
  18.  The Graveyard Riddle by Lisa Thompson 
  19. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  20. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb 
  21. Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade 
  22. The Verifiers by Jane Pek
  23. The Hollows by Jess Montgomery 
  24. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson 
  25. The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
  26.  Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
  27. A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller 
  28. Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach
  29. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd 
  30. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  31. Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian 
  32. Button Pusher by Tyler Page
  33. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny 
  34. Sycamore Row by John Grisham 
  35. The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais 
  36. Booked by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile
  37. High Country by Nevada Barr 
  38. A Furnace for Your Foe by Matty Dalrymple 
  39. Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott
  40. The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price

JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western setting The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (Native American culture & myths)
FEBRUARYpoc: Black/African American Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead 

MARCH#ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction
The Editor by Steven Rowley

 APRIL – poc: Middle Eastern/South Asian
MAYpoc: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander The Verifiers by Jane Pek
JUNELGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller

 JULY – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
AUGUSTmental health/addiction - Button Pusher by Tyler Page

 SEPTEMBERpoc: hispanic/latinx
OCTOBERphysical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities
NOVEMBERpoc: Native American
DECEMBERreligious minorities

 

Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge hosted by Mom's Small Victories 

I signed up for this one back in 2014, so this is a continuation (it's a perpetual challenge) - I can't wait to see what places I visit in books in 2022! In 2021, my books took me to 36 places outside the U.S., covering 17 different countries.

  1. Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban (India) 
  2. Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Ghana, UK)
  3. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (Mars and Venus!)
  4. Marshmallow and Jordan by Alina Chau (Indonesia)
  5. Behind the Mountains by Edwidge Dandicat (Haiti)
  6. Country of Origin by Dalia Azim (Egypt) 
  7. The Graveyard Riddle by Lisa Thompson (UK) 
  8. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Canada - Vancouver) 
  9. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb (Russia) 
  10. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (Brazil) 
  11. The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn (Russia) 
  12. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (France) 
  13. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (Canada - Quebec) 
  14. The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill - (Ireland)
  15. The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (UK)

 

2022 Literary Escapes Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

I love tracking where I read domestically, as well. In 2021, I read books set in 23 different states. I'm looking forward to reading in even more states this year!

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California - Room to Dream by Kelly Yang, Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly, Gone by Michael Grant, High Country by Nevada Barr

Colorado - The Guide by Peter Heller

Connecticut - The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, The Year of the Horses by Courtney Maum

Delaware

District of Columbia - The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson

Louisiana

Maine - Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck, A Furnace for Your Foe by Matty Dalrymple

Maryland - Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban, Kindred by Octavia Butler

Massachusetts - Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh, Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Michigan

Minnesota  - The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, Button Pusher by Tyler Page

Mississippi - Black Boy by Richard Wright, Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Missouri - Katie John by Mary Calhoun

Montana - Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach

Nebraska

Nevada A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller

New Hampshire - The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, The Editor by Steven Rowley, The Verifiers by Jane Pek, The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd, Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemia, Creep by Lygia Day Peñaflor, The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut, The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price

North Carolina - Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock, The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

North Dakota

Ohio  - Kent State by Deborah Wiles, The Hollows by Jess Montgomery, Mysteries of Trash and Treasure: The Secret Letters by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Oklahoma

Oregon - The Overstory by Richard Powers

Pennsylvania - The Falcon and the Owl by Matty Dalrymple, Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

Texas The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin Janesville by Amy Goldstein

Wyoming

 

Big Book Summer Challenge hosted by Book By Book (me!)

My own annual challenge that I host each summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend (end of May) and running until Labor Day (first Monday of September). Hope you'll join me for the laid-back fun this summer!

  1. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
  2. A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  4. Gone by Michael Grant 
  5. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  6. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane 
  7. Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach
  8. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd  
  9. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  10. Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian  
  11. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
  12. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  13. Sycamore Row by John Grisham 

 

R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge

  1. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny 
  2. Sycamore Row by John Grisham  
  3. The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill
  4. Mysteries of Trash and Treasure: The Secret Letters by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
  5. The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais
  6. The Falcon and the Owl by Matty Dalrymple 
  7. The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz 
  8. The Guide by Peter Heller 
  9. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters 
  10. Creep by Lygia Day Peñaflor
  11. High Country by Nevada Barr 
  12. The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut
  13. A Furnace for Your Foe by Matty Dalrymple 
  14. Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott
  15. The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price

 


Fall Into Reading Challenge, featuring Book Bingo, hosted on YouTube by:

Kelly - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHrm2... 

Angie - https://www.youtube.com/user/arosas97 

Rainey - https://www.youtube.com/c/RaineyDayReads

  1. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny - Contemporary
  2. The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill - Historical Fiction
  3. Mysteries of Trash and Treasure: The Secret Letters by Margaret Peterson Haddix- mystery or thriller
  4. The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais - fantasy
  5. The Guide by Peter Heller - leaves on cover
  6. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters - science fiction
  7. Creep by Lygia Day Peñaflor- autumn vibes
  8. Walden by Henry David Thoreau - classic

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Of course, I left my comment on the 2020 link…🙄 Not a good proofreading job on my part! But, here it is:

    Big books are, I think, my favorite. I’m combining this with my own personal reread challenge; there are so many big books I want to revisit: Anna Karenina, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, Pillars of The Earth, The Shell Seekers. This will be fun!

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    1. ha ha No problem! This year, the Big Book Summer Challenge kicks off on May 27, so get your Big Books ready - sounds like you have some great ones lined up! I read Anna Karenina last summer, and Pillars of the Earth was the book that inspired me to create Big Book Summer! Look for the sign-up page at the end of May to join the fun!

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  2. And, to compound my first error, I see that I accidentally posted as “Anonymous”. Let me introduce myself: Bellezza, who has been blogging since 2006 at Dolce Bellezza. So nice to “meet” you.

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Bellezza! Hope you enjoy Big Book Summer! I'd love a link to your blog so I can check it out!

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  3. If you click on my name, it will take you to my blog…which I keep up, but not as often as I did. I have an enormous passion for books in translation, which I am often “able” to fit into the categories we all blog about.

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