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Challenges



My 2021 Reading Projects and challenges. 
Updated: 09/02/21
 
I.
On-going challenge: Read the current Pulitzer Prize winner for literature. Read previous books that interest me.

Year
Title
Author
Read
2021
The Night Watchman
Erdrich, Louise
Sept. '21
2020
The Dutch House (finalist)
Patchett, Ann
Nov. '19
2020
Whitehead, Colson
Sep. '19
2019
Powers, Richard
Aug. ‘19
2019
There There (finalist)
Orange, Tommy
Feb. ‘19
2019
Makkai, Rebecca
Apr. ‘19
2018
Greer, Andrew
Mar ‘18
2017
Whitehead, Colson
Jul ‘17
2016
Nyugen, Viet
Sep. ‘16
2015
Doerr, Anthony
Aug '15
2014
The Goldfinch
Tartt, Donna
Dec '14
2013
Orphan Master's Son
Johnson, Adam

2013
The Snow Child (Finalist)
Ivey, Eowyn
May ‘12
2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Egan, Jennifer

2010
Harding, Paul
Aug '20
2009
Olive Kitteridge
Strout, Elizabeth
Mar '10
2008
Diaz, Junot
Jan ‘16
2007
The Road
McCarthy, Cormac

2006
March
Brooks, Geraldine
Apr '08
2005
Robinson, Marianne
Apr ‘19
2004
The Known World
Jones, Edward

2004
Evidence of Things Unseen (Finalist)
Wiggins, Marianne
Mar ‘11
2003
Middlesex
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Oct '06
2002
Empire Falls
Russo, Richard
Apr '05
2001
The Amazing Kavalier and Clay
Charbon, Micahel

2000
Interpreter of Maladies
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Aug '21
2000
Proulx, E. Annie
June '15
1999
The Hours
Cunningham, Michael

1999
The Poisonwood Bible (Finalist)
Kingsolver, Barbara
1999
1995
Stone Diaries
Shields, Carol
1995
1994
Shipping News
Proulx, Annie
1997
1992
A Thousand Acres
Smiley, Jane
1993
1991
O’Brien, Tim
2009
1989
Breathing Lessons
Tyler, Anne
July 2021
1988
Morrison, Toni
2010
1986
McMurty, Larry
Apr 2020
1983
The Color Purple
Walker, Alice
2009
1981
Toole, John Kennedy
2013
1977
Roots (Special Pulitzer)
Haley, Alex
1977
1973
The Optimist’s Daughter
Welty, Eudora

1972
Angle of Repose
Stegner, Wallace
1995
1961
Lee, Harper
2008
1953
The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest
1972
1948
Michener, James
May ‘17
1940
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John

1939
Rawles, Marjorie K.
Jan ‘16
1937
Gone with the Wind
Mitchell, Margaret
1974
1932
The Good Earth
Buck, Pearl S.
1973
1925
So Big
Ferber, Edna
May '20
1923
One of Ours
Cather, Willa
Aug '21
1921
Wharton, Edith
Apr ‘16


II.
My goal is to read two books for each award year
2020 books to choose from:
Complete!


III.

Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 2021
 Read the Printz Award and honor books each year
Highlighted titles=READ
2021 Awards go to: 


    Winner: Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story),” by Daniel Nayeri.
    Honor books:  
    Apple (Skin to the Core),” by Eric Gansworth 
    Dragon Hoops,” created by Gene Luen Yang
    Every Body Looking,” by Candice Iloh 
    We Are Not Free,” by Traci Chee

    IV.
    2021 Audiobook Challenge
    My goal is to listen to about the same as last year, which was 25 or 2 per month.
    1. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean, read by Angus King
    2. Walk Toward the Rising Sun by Ger Duany, read by the author
    3. The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, read by Leila Buck
    4. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, read by Marin Ireland
    5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, read by the author and Melanie-Luisa Marte
    6. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, read by Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    7. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton
    8. Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie, read by Robin Eller, Siho Ellsmore, Kathrine Lee McEwan, Jeena Yi, Sarah Skaer, and Louis Ozawa
    9. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green, read by Oliver Wyman, Hillary Huber, Gabra Zackman, Robert Petkoff, Kevin Free, PJ Ochlan, Kristen Sieh, Hoe Hempel, Nicole Lewis, Angelo diLoreto, Hank Green, Jesse Vilinsky
    10. Light For the World to See by Kwame Alexander, read by the author
    11. A Promised Land by Barack Obama, read by the author
    12. Dune by Frank Herbert, read by Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Orlaugh Cassidy, Ilyana Kadushin, Euan Morton
    13. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare, read by Adjoa Andoh
    14. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, read by Carrie Mulligan
    15. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, read by Caroline Lee
    16. End of Watch by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
    17. The Arthropocene Reviewed by John Green, read by the author
    18. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford, read by Emily Woo Zeller
    19. The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah, read by Julia Whelan
    20. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, read by Terry Kitagawa, Christopher Naoki Lee, Scott Keiji Takeda, Ryan Potter, Erika Aishii, Andrew Kishino, Sophie Oda, Kurt Sanchez Kanazawa, Brittany Ishibashi, Ali Fumiko, Grace Rolek, Dan Woren
    21. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, read by the author 
    22. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, read by Scott Brick
    23. The Cold Millions by Jess Walters, read by Gary Farmer, Marin Ireland, Cassandra Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Mike Ortega, Rex Anderson, Charlie Thurston, and Frankie Corzo
    24. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, read by Ray Porter
    25. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, read by Richard Armitage
    26. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, read by the author


    V. One Big Reading Challenge-Yearly
    2020---Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
    2021---Dune by Frank Herbert


    V1. 20-Books of Summer Reading Challenge
    1. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
    2. End of Watch by Stephen King
    3. Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story) by Daniel Nayeri
    4. The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green 
    5. The 100 Best Loved Poems of All Time edited by Leslie Pickell
    6. Why Storms Are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless by Tanaya Winder
    7. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford
    8. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
    9. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
    10. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
    11. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
    12. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
    13. Stitches by Anne Lamott
    14. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
    15. The Cold Millions by Jess Walters
    16. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
    17. One of Ours by Willa Cather
    18. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
    19. It Began With a Page by Kyo Maclear
    20. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina
    21. The Tale of Kitty in Boots by Beatrix Potter
    22. The Creator's Canvas by Steven Payne
    23. The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
    24. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    25. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    26. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
    27. Wade in the Waters: Poems by Tracy K. Smith


    VII. Big Book Summer Reading Challenge 
     
    1. End of Watch by Stephen King, 448 pages 
    2. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, 464 pages
    3. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, 400 pages
    4. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, 467 pages 
    5. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, 465 pages 
    6. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, 496 pages
    7. One of Ours by Willa Cather,  459 pages
    8. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, 464 pages



     

    1 comment:

    1. When I see all these challenges I want to do more of them :) I had no idea there was so many out there!!

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