RALs and Reading Challenges (2017)

On why I created this special niche of bookish joy:

I was visiting my friend Maggie’s blog for her 30 Days of Thankfulness posts (November 2013), of which, I happily consumed today in earnest! When I noticed that she had a curious header on her blog that mentioned: Events & Read-A-Longs! I was thinking for while now that I should have a place where I could filter all my read-a-long and reading challenge posts but how to do it and how to organise it felt a bit daunting! Therefore, I am thankful she lead the way! I am going to move them away from my “Joyfully Absorbing Lit” page and store them here instead! :) You will still find my personal reading challenge for Inspirational Fiction, & the Classics Club List all have their own pages! Cheers!

{ written: 2014}

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Read-A-Longs (RALs), Readathons,
and Reading Challenges

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Archive of Past RALs & Challenges:

{ 2013 } { 2014 } {2015}

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2017 Reading Challenges & Readathons

~ let the journey begin! +

I cannot say the years of 2013-2016 yielded the best results for what I was hoping to accomplish per reading challenge I attempted, but throughout my eagerness to read new authors & stories, I had the best of intentions at heart. I simply ran out of the hours necessary to complete the challenges per month and whilst I had twelve months in 2014 to play with, I must confess they evaporated before I could even pick up a farthing of the stories I aimed to have read! Therefore, I am re-defining this section of my blog as re-focusing on personal reading challenges with a few added challenges which truly interest me!

tCC | the Classics Club

tCC | the Classics Club

Host: The Classics Club
My Summary Post
Progress: 1/369 (0%)
5 January, 2014 — 5 January, 2019
In Progress

0

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2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Host: Passages to Past
Progress: 26/70 (37%)
1 January, 2017 — 31 December, 2017
In Progress

37

+ last year’s results (as these percolate as I read and post reviews)

2016 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Host: Passages to Past
Progress: 44/60 (73%)
1 January, 2016 — 31 December, 2016
Failed

73

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Artwork Credit: Stephan Martiniere

Declaration of Intent & Journal of Challenge (WIP)

Sci Fi Experience 2017

Progress: 1/18 (6%)
12 January, 2017 — 31 January 2017
Failed

6

Hosted by: Stainless Steel Droppings

#SciFiExperience | Challenge

| attempting to pick-up the pieces of SFN: 2016 (<–Reading List) (after my Dad’s stroke) |

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Flights of Fantasy 2017

Flights of Fantasy 2017

Host: Alexa Loves Books + Hello Chelly
Progress: 0/20 (0%)
12 January, 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

#FlightsOfFantasy Reading Challenge & Book Club:
January 1-December 31, 2017

No levels, no stress reading challenge where each reader or blogger who signs up to participate can read at their leisure throughout the year. No upfront commitments except your passion for Fantasy Literature which suited me fine! The book club component is what I was looking forward to the most, which is why I created a Riffle List to keep track of the books we’re meant to discuss and the series I will be reading during the year.

#FlightsOfFantasy | Challenge

Follow my progress with the Book Club selections via Riffle

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Reading for Growth 2017

Reading for Growth 2017

Host: Modern Mrs Darcy
Progress: 0/12 (0%)
12 January, 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

#ModernMrsDarcy | #ReadingForGrowth | Challenge

Officially tags: #MMDchallenge and #MMDreading

Specifically seeking out:

  • a Newbery Award winner or Honor book
  • a book in translation
  • a book that’s more than 600 pages
  • a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection
  • a book of any genre that addresses current events
  • an immigrant story
  • a book published before you were born
  • three books by the same author
  • a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author
  • a book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending
  • a book nominated for an award in 2017
  • a Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner

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Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017

Host: Book Riot
Progress: 0/24 (0%)
12 January, 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

#ReadHarder | Challenge

OverDrive’s List of Recs for this Challenge

  • Read a book about sports.
  • Read a debut novel.
  • Read a book about books.
  • Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  • Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  • Read an all-ages comic.
  • Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  • Read a travel memoir.
  • Read a book you’ve read before.
  • Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  • Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  • Read a fantasy novel.
  • Read a nonfiction book about technology.R
  • Read a book about war.
  • Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  • Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  • Read a classic by an author of color.
  • Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  • Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
  • Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
  • Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
  • Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
  • Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
  • Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)

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Diverse Reads 2017

Host: Mishma (chasingfaerytales.blogspot.com) & Shelly (readsleeprepeat.org)
Progress: 0/60 (0%)
21 January 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

#DiverseReads2017 | Challenge

I’ll be referring to my Riffle List on #EqualityInLit as my views on #DiverseLit are equally as broad in scope as this reading challenge, which is why I’m wicked happy I’ve found this reading challenge this year! My own tag #EqualityInLit was inspired to offer a broader net of all the lovely books which I feel belong together and are meant to be celebrated together. You can read more of my views on this via my A to Z Challenge Essay: the World is a Melting Pot. I capped this reading challenge at 60 books which is the number of books on this Riffle List. I want to read *at least!* 60 books this year and if I could be specifically hopeful, I want to read ALL the books on this Riffle list I compiled a few years ago! However, 2017 will be marked by a healthy inclusion of #diverselit across genres, fiction and non-fiction as I start to read off-blog tours by pulling from my personal library and my local public library in a way I haven’t had the chance to explore my first 3 years as a book blogger. This is part of my personal Renaissance to transform how I blog and how I pool together my thoughts as a reader. Therefore, my personal stretch goal is to read 100 Diverse Books in 2017; to pick 40 past the first 60 to read!

These are the challenge monthly goals to seek out literature which falls into these categories. Unsure if I will be able to read and blog per month per theme/topic but I will be seeking out stories which fall into these categories as the year progresses. As technically speaking, they were already on my ‘list’ of #mustreads!

January – Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology
February – POC/ Biracial/ Multiracial Main Character/Lead
March – Disability
April – Mental Health
May – Religious Diversity
June and July – Sexuality and Gender Identity
August – Non Western Setting
September – Ownvoices
October – Intersectionality
November – Diverse Retelling
December – 2017 Releases

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PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017

Host: Pop Sugar
Progress: 0/52 (0%)
21 January 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

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  1. A book recommended by a librarian
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR for way too long
  3. A book of letters
  4. An audiobook
  5. A book by a person of colour (PoC)
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
  7. A book that is a story within a story
  8. A book with multiple authors
  9. An espionage thriller
  10. A book with a cat on the cover
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudoym
  12. A best seller from a genre you don’t normally read
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel
  15. A book with a subtitle
  16. A book that’s published in 2017
  17. A book involving a mythical creature
  18. A book you’ve rad before that never fails to make you smile
  19. A book about food
  20. A book with career advice
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspctive
  22. A steampunk novel
  23. A book with a red spine
  24. A book set in the wilderness
  25. A book you loved as a child
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
  28. A novel set during war time
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator
  30. A book with pictures
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  32. A book about an interesting woman
  33. A book set in two different time periods
  34. A book with a month o day of the week in the title
  35. A book set in a hotel
  36. A book written by someone you admire
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
  40. A book you bought on a trip
  41. __> Advanced Suggestions: A book recommended by an author you love
  42. A best seller from 2016
  43. A book with a family-member term in the title
  44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span
  45. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  46. A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of
  47. A book with an eccentric character
  48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
  49. A book you got from a used book sale
  50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book
  51. A book about a difficult topic
  52. A book based on mythology

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2017 Classic Book of the Month Club

Host: Roof Beam Reader (https://roofbeamreader.com)
Progress: 0/11 (0%)
1 February 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

#CBAM2017 | Challenge

January: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott *no time!*
February: The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles
March: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
April: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
May: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
June: The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville
July: Paradise Lost by John Milton
August: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
September: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
October: Angels in America by Tony Kushner
November: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
December: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë *only month I will be reading a different book: Tenant of Wildfell Hall 

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All About Austen

Host: First Impressions Reviews
Progress: 0/12 (0%)
1 February 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

#AllAboutAusten | Challenge

Challenge Level: Austen Addict (read 12 books)

  1. Northanger Abbey
  2. Mansfield Park
  3. Persuasion
  4. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
  5. Miss Darcy Falls in Love
  6. Christmas at Pemberley
  7. *more to follow*

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2017 Reading Challenge by The Island Reader

Host: The Island Reader
Progress: 0/17 (0%)
1 February 2017 — 31 December 2017
In Progress

0

Challenge

  1. A book from Oprah’s Book Club
  2. A historical romance by a persona of colour
  3. A book published a decade after you were bourne
  4. A collection of essays
  5. A book over 500 pages
  6. A book that’s under 100 pages
  7. A romance series that has at least 3 books
  8. The first book you see when you walk into a bookstore
  9. An autobiography from someone in the music industry
  10. A book that was adapted into a tv show
  11. A book set in the Caribbean
  12. A book about finance
  13. A book recommended by someone you follow on Twitter
  14. A book that always makes you cry
  15. A book written by a celebrity

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