"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: Nightwatch by Jane Ann Phillips
2. 2004 winner: The Known World by Edward Jones
-The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Completed March 1, 2024
-Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Completed April 9, 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.
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

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.
1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. 400 pages.

9. Printz Award
Read the Printz Award winner and finalists. (Announced in late January) 
Award Winner: Collections edited by A.S. King

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)

2024a.- The Wren, the Wren by Anne Enright
2024b.- Brotherless Night by V.V. Ganeshananthan


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