"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

2024 Yearly Goals and Challenges

2024 Yearly Goals and Challenges 

1. 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 12/31/24.
My 2024 One Big Book is: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mandel

2. Pulitzer Challenge
Read the current Pulitzer Prize winner announced in May of each year. And read these past winners from a list I created.:
1. 2024 winner: 
2. 2004 winner: The Known World by Edward Jones
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Completed March 1, 2024

3. 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 will be announced mid-November.


4. 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 2024. 
Tracking topics/dates:


5. Goodreads Challenge
Read 100+ in 2024
I will keep track of my books on the Goodreads website.


6. 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 25 books left on that expanded list. This year I want to read at least five books from my list.

7. Super Past Due Reviews
A personal challenge
Write three super past due reviews (over a year old)

Reviews completed tracker:
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

8. Big Book Summer Challenge
Read 400+ page length books during summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day). My goal is 4 big books.

9. Printz Award
Read the Printz Award winner and finalists. (Announced in late January) 

10. Write reviews for all book club selections.

11. Women's Prize for Fiction, a personal challenge: 
A. 2020 and forward -- read two of the finalists/winners for each year (only three books remaining.)
B. 2010-2019 -- read one of the finalists/winners for each year (Only two books remaining.) (Details)



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