Book Riot Read Harder 2018 Challenge

I am happy that this year’s challenge is not as hung up on color and sexual-orientation like previous year’s. I am also doing Popsugar for the first year. Here is the Book Riot list. And I do spot a few items I like in their store so I definitely am going to complete this.

Well… I barely completed it in time. My last book is the Western. I am not a fan of cowboy and Indians, and I thought about reading a Western Romance, though that was barely more palatable. Then I noticed that I had a children’s book, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie, which I figure fits the definition of western, with its pioneers, Native Americans and all that.

I was planning to read Green Island as my colonial read, the book starts as the end of Japanese occupation in Taiwan. Unfortunately I was 30 pages short of finishing it by the end’s year, and, scrolling through my read list, figured Brick Lane will likely qualify for the category.

One book that this challenge encouraged me to read is Cinder, which I likely won’t have picked up otherwise. I didn’t exactly love it, but it’s a really original story.

A book published posthumously – A Confederacy of Dunces
A book of true crime – Bones
A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) – Rebecca
A comic written and drawn by the same person – From Eroica with Love
A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) – Bones of the Master
A book about nature – In Bear Country
A western – Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
A comic written or drawn by a person of color – Yakitate!! Japan
A book of colonial or postcolonial literature – Brick Lane
A romance novel by or about a person of color – When Dimple Met Rishi
A children’s classic published before 1980 – Pollyanna
A celebrity memoir – Siberian Dream
An Oprah Book Club selection – Wild
A book of social science – The Little Book of Hygge
A one-sitting book – Fortunately, the Milk
The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians
A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author – Cinder
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image – Entangled Circumstances
A book of genre fiction in translation – Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
A book with a cover you hate – A Confederacy of Dunces
A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author – Raiser of Gales
An essay anthology – Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – Wise Women
An assigned book you hated (or never finished) – Moby Dick

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Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge

My friends on BookCrossing led me to a new challenge, Popsugar Reading Challenge. Last year’s 666 was fun, but it was rather hard to find books from Oceania and South America, and I ended up reading a few books that I just read because I have to. I do not feel like doing it again so soon. Meanwhile, the Book Riot one which I have been participating every year, seems to get too hung up on color and sexual orientation. A new challenge is therefore most welcome.

Finished this in time. Though not the Advanced ones. I was too busy studying for the exam in November, and work didn’t help with a few people short in our dept… a management team of 5 left with only one… me.

Look forward to the 2019 challenge.

PopSugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen – We Bought a Zoo
2. True Crime – Bones
3. The next book in a series you started – The Twelve Clues of Christmas
4. A book involving a heist – Artemis
5. Nordic noir – Mind’s Eye
6. A novel based on a real person – Come August, Come Freedom
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you – The Sweet Life in Paris
8. A book with a time of day in the title – The 6:41 to Paris
9. A book about a villain or antihero – Wickedly Charming
10. A book about death or grief – The Murderess
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – The Outsiders
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Being Jazz
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical – The Grapes of Wrath
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – Lakota Woman
15. A book about feminism – The Help
16. A book about mental health – Truth & Beauty
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift – When
18. A book by two authors – The Scalpel and the Silver Bear
19. A book about or involving a sport – Wild
20. A book by a local author – Swamplandia!
21. A book with your favorite color in the title – Lavender Blue and the Faeries of Galtee Wood
22. A book with alliteration in the title – Wine and War
23. A book about time travel – Flight
24. A book with a weather element in the title – The Summer They Came
25. A book set at sea – The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
26. A book with an animal in the title – In Bear Country
27. A book set on a different planet – Ray Bradbury Chronicles #1
28. A book with song lyrics in the title – The River
29. A book about or set on Halloween – Pumpkin Pumpkin
30. A book with characters who are twins – A Quick Bite
31. A book mentioned in another book – Truth & Beauty
32. A book from a celebrity book club – Little Fires Everywhere
33. A childhood classic you’ve never read – Call of the Wild
34. A book that’s published in 2018 – We Fed an Island
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner – Before We Were Yours
36. A book set in the decade you were born – The Outsiders
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – Stories From The Vinyl Cafe
38. A book with an ugly cover – A Confederacy of Dunces
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library – Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges: A book that has been on your TBR List for way too long – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

2018 Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school – Hatchet
2. A cyberpunk book – Cinder
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry – Fried Eggs with Chopsticks
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title – The Grapes of Wrath
6. An allegory – Call of the Wild
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
8. A microhistory – To Cork or Not To Cork
9. A book about a problem facing society today – The Devil’s Highway
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – Artemis

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