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Monday, January 10, 2022

My 2022 Yearly Reading/Blogging Challenges


 As in years past I will limit my yearly challenges in 2022. But I do hope to accomplish a few reading challenge goals this year:


One Big Book 
Personal Challenge
Read one book during the year that I consider a challenging book; a book I've avoided reading for years due to its daunting nature. Must be completed by 12/31/22.
My 2022 One Big Book is: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Completed Aug. 28, 2022.
 


Pulitzer Challenge
Personal
Read the current Pulitzer Prize winner announced in March of each year. And read past winners off a list I created. My current goal is to complete this challenge this year and then stay current from this year forward. (I've been working on this challenge for years and I am ready to be done with it.) The books I hope to read this year:
1. 2022 winner: The Netanyaus by Joshua Cohen ✔️
2. 2013 winner: Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
3. 2007 winner: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
4. 2004 winner: The Known World by Edward Jones
5. 2001 winner: The Amazing Kavalier and Clay by Michael Charbon
6. 1940 winner: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck ✔️


National Book Award Challenge
Personal
Every year the National Book Award is given out in five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction. Poetry, Translated Literature; Young People's Literature. My goal is to read two of the five winners (or finalists) per year. This award is not announced until November.
 


Audiobook Challenge
Hosts: Caffeinated Book Reviewer and That's What I'm Talkin' About
I am aiming to listen to 20-30 audiobooks in 2022, which is the Binge Listener level.
Tracking:
1. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, read by Dion Graham
2. Punching Bag by Rex Ogle, read by Ramon De Ocampo
3. The Story of More by Hope Jahren, read by the author
4. Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang, read by the author
5. Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer, read by the author 
6. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, read by Edoardo Bellerini, Marin Ireland, Dion Graham
7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, read by Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey
8. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, read by Dan Stevens
9. The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, read by Kerry Shale
10. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, read by Rich Orlow
11. The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore, read by the author
12. The Pioneers by David McCullough, read by John Bedford Lloyd
13. The House In the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune, read by Daniel Henning
14. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, read by Bahni Turpin
15. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, read by Jennifer Lim
16. The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen, read by David Duchovny, Ethan Herschenfeld
17. Nate the Great, Collected Stories, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, read by John Lovelle
18. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, read by the author
19. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, read by John Lee, Dylan Moore, Arthur Morey, and Kirsten Potter
20. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, read by Saskia Maarleveld
21. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, read by Maggie Hoffman
22. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, read by Dion Graham
23. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, read by J.D. Jackson
24. The Girl In His Shadow by Amanda Blake, read by Susan Lyons
25. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, read by Miranda Raison and Pandora Sykes
26. Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh, read by Stacey Glemboski
27. Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor, read and sung by the author
28. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, read by Dylan Baker
29. Deacon King Kong by James Taylor, read by Dominic Hoffman


Discussion Challenge
Hosts: Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Begins at Midnight.
Post a discussion topic related to books, reading, or related topics.
I'm aiming to complete the beginning level, Discussion Dabbler or 1-10 posts in 2022. 
Tracking topics/dates:
4. Comments 

 

Goodreads Challenge
Read 120+ in 2022.
I will keep track of my books on the Goodreads website.
 

Classics Club List
About ten years ago I created a list of 50 classic books I wanted to read. I kept adding titles to the list faster than I read them. I still have about 30 books left on that expanded list. In 2022 I want to read at least eight books from my list.
Tracker:
 
1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


Narniathon21
Host: Calmgrove
Read one book in the Chronicles of Narnia series per month and interact with the monthly writing prompt and discussion.
 
Tracker (reviews hyperlinked):
 
February-- Prince Caspian


Super Past Due Reviews
A personal challenge

Reviews completed tracker:
 

Twenty books of summer 2022 (June 1- September 1)
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, completed June 2nd
2. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis, completed June 4th
3. The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez, completed June 10th
4. Nate the Great, Collected Stories, Vol. 1 by Majorie Weinman Sharmet, completed June 10th
5. The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen, completed June 11th 
6. Maid by Stephanie Land, June 22nd
7. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, completed June 26th
8. Stranger Planet by Nathan W. Pyle, completed June 26th
9. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, completed June 28th
10. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, completed June 30th
11. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, completed July 6th
12. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, completed July 13th
13. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, completed July 15th
14. Washington Black Esi Edugyan, completed July 19th
15. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, completed July 29th
16. Watercress by Andrea Wang, completed August 4th
17. The Girl In His Shadow by Audrey Blake, completed August 7th
18. Beach Read by Emily Henry, completed Aug. 7th
19. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Gamus, completed Aug. 9th
20. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman, completed Aug. 10th
21. The Heart of American Poetry by Edward Hirsch, completed Aug. 12th
22. Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh, completed, Aug. 26th
23. Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor, completed Aug. 26th
24. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, completed Aug. 28th
25. Inheritance: A Visual Poem by Elizabeth Acevedo, completed Aug. 30th



Read 400+ page length books during summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day). My goal is 4 big books.
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, 582 pages
2. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, 624 pages
3. The Heart of American Poetry by Edward Hirsch, 452 pages
4. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Gamus, 400 pages
5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 479 pages
 
-Anne

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