Challenges

Goldberry Book Reading Challenge

  • January: A mystery you haven't read Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  • February: A classic you haven't read The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • March: A genre you normally don't love 1984 by George Orwell
  • April: A biography about a non-American The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle 
  • May: A book your mom/grandma/wife loves Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • June: A book your dad/grandpa/husband loves
  • July: A book that takes place somewhere you want to visit
  • August: A book from the year you were born
  • September: A nature or travel book
  • October: A book by an author you love that you haven't read
  • November: A book by an author from your home state
  • December: A book published in 2022 


Buzzword Readathon 2022

  • January: A book with one of the 5 w’s in the title The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • February: A book with a personal/possessive pronoun in the title. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • March: A book with a location in the title. Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon 
  • April: A book with ‘little’ or ‘big’ in the title. The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
  • May: A book with a direction in the title.
  • June: A book with ‘all’ in the title.
  • July: A book with a book related word in the title.
  • August: A book with an item/object in the title.
  • September: A book with ‘light’ or ‘dark’ in the title.
  • October: A book with an animal or creature in the title.
  • November: A book with ‘ing’ in the title.
  • December: A book with a number in the title. 


Read Your Bookshelf Challenge

  • January: a QUIET word in the TITLE The Other Side of Silence by Margaret Mahy
  • February: LOVE in the TITLE Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
  • March: GROWTH In Bloom by Fern Michaels
  • April: YOUR INITIALS in the TITLE Thankful for Love by Kristen Ethridge
  • May: NEW TO YOU AUTHOR
  • June: BOOK on COVER
  • July: Want to read but HAVE AVOIDED
  • August: BODY PART in TITLE
  • September: a COLLECTION
  • October: SECRET in TITLE
  • November: COZY or NOSTALGIC
  • December: Mostly WHITE on the COVER


22 Books for 2022

  • 3 Book of the Month books
  • 3 books about reading and/or writing
    • Three Simple Lines: A Writer's Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku by Natalie Goldberg
  • 3 Catholic books
    • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
    • The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
    • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • 3 books in the same series
    • The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell
    • Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
    • Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
  • 3 Newbery medal winners
    • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
    • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
    • Amos Fortune Free Man by Elizabeth Yates 
  • 3 books under 200 pages.
    • I Can't Complain by Elinor Lipman
    • Alexa, What is There to Know About Love? by Brian Bilston
    • The Seven Last Words by Fulton Sheen
  • 3 books published in 2022
    • Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne
    • Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
    • Looking for Leroy by Melody Carlson 
  • 1 book over 500 pages
    • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 


40 Re-reads Before 40 

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  3. The Rainmaker by John Grisham
  4. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton 
  5. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  6. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  7. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo
  8. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 
  9. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  10. T-backs, Tee shirts, COAT, and Suit by E.L. Konigsburg
  11. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  12. Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
  13. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  14. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  15. Nothing But the Truth by Avi
  16. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  17. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  18. That Summer by Sarah Dessen


6 Historical Fiction Books


22 Classics 

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  3. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie 
  4. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  5. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  6. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  7. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor 
  8. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  9. 1984 by George Orwell 
  10. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  11. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  12. The Divine Comedy by Dante


Back to the Classics 2022

  • A 19th century classic. Any book first published from 1800 to 1899
  • A 20th century classic.  A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • A classic by a woman author. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A classic in translation. Purgatorio by Dante 
  • A classic by BIPOC author. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Mystery/Detective/Crime classic. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  • A classic short story collection.
  • Pre-1800 classic.
  • A nonfiction classic.
  • Classic that's been on your TBR list the longest.
  • Classic set in a place you'd like to visit.
  • Wild card classic.  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

New-To-Me Authors

  1. Amanda Eyre Ward 
  2. Lia Louis
  3. Cherie Priest
  4. Mike deCapite
  5. Graham Greene
  6. William Faulkner
  7. Walker Percy
  8. Shauna Robinson
  9. Brian Bilston
  10. Leah Brunner
  11. Rachel John
  12. Emma Lee Jayne 

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