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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.

Pulitzer Challenge
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 TBA
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
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.
1. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, read by Dion Graham 

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:


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.

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
March-- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
April-- The Silver Chair
May--The Horse and His Boy
June--The Magician's Nephew
July--The Last Battle.

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