Monday, December 19, 2022

2022 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Happily, I've finished all three challenges I took on in 2022.

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

How It Works:

You can select, read and review a book from the categories listed below during the year for a total of up to 12 books; OR select, read and review any nonfiction book. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

Choose a Goal:

Nonfiction Nipper: Read & review 3 books, from any 3 listed categories

Nonfiction Nibbler: Read & review 6 books, from any 6 listed categories

Nonfiction Nosher: Read & review 12 books, one for each category

Nonfiction Grazer: Read & review any nonfiction book. Set your own goal


1. Social History...How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith

2. Popular Science...I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

3. Language...In Other Words by Christopher J. Moore

4. Medical...Patient Zero by Lydia Kang

5. Climate/Weather...The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

6. Celebrity...The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs

7. Reference...The Happiness Dictionary: Words from Around the World to Help Us Live a Richer Life

8. Geography...An Atlas of Extinct Countries by Defoe Gideon

9. Linked to a Podcast...Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel

10. Wild Animals...Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by F.B.M. de Waal

11. Economics...Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel

12. Published in 2022...Read Dangerously by Azar Nafisi

Favorite Book(s):
How the Word is Passed
Patient Zero
I Contain Multitudes

How I Did: 

Back to the Classics Challenge 2022

How It Works:

The Back to the Classics Challenge has been hosted by Karen from Books and Chocolate for nine years. "The Back to the Classics Challenge is a year-long challenge in which participants are encouraged to finally read the classics they've always meant to read -- or just recently discovered." 

If my name is drawn to win the prize for the challenge (And it won't be, as I never win anything! Ha!) you can contact me at debnance at gmail dot com.


Read from all 12 categories.

I have earned 3 entries to the wonderful prize Karen offers!


1. A 19th century classic. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett.

2. A 20th century classic. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis.

3. A classic by a woman author. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton.

4. A classic in translation. Nana by Émile Zola. 

5. A classic by BIPOC author. Native Son by Richard Wright.

6. Mystery/detective/crime classic. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux.

7. A classic short story collection. Dubliners by James Joyce.

8. Pre-1800 classic. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.

9. A nonfiction classic.  My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir.

10. A classic that's been on your TBR list the longest. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

11. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy.

12. Wild card classic. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.

I also completed these additional classics in 2022:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis.

The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis.

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell.

The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton.

Nobody's Boy by Hector Malot. 

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.

The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis.

The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen by Rudolph Eric Raspe.

The Otterbury Incident by Cecil Day-Lewis.

The Robber Holzenplotz by Otfried Pruebler.

The Hills is Lonely by Lillian Beckwith.

Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis.

The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys.

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield.

Favorite Book(s): 


How I Did:


2022 Chapter-a-Day Read-along: A Year of Classic Women Authors

How It Works:

The 2022 Chapter-a-Day Read-along is hosted by Nick of One Catholic Life. In 2022, Nick planned to read books in 2022 that I'm not interested in, so I decided to create my own list of books.

  • Get a copy of each of the books listed below. Or read them online. All of them are available at Project Gutenberg at the links found in the descriptions below.
  • Commit to reading a chapter a day, starting on January 1, 2022. If you get behind or race ahead, no worries. As 2020 taught us so well, life happens.
  • If you feel like it, highlight a line a day from the current chapter.


Favorite Book(s):

Custom of the Country

How I Did:


Did you do any reading challenges in 2022?
How did you do?
What challenges will you take on in 2023?

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