2023 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. This challenge is sponsored by Shelleyrae at Book'd Out.
Nonfiction Nosher: Read & review 12 books, one for each category
History: A Night to Remember by Walter Lord ✓
Memoir/Biography: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah ✓
Crime & Punishment: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann ✓
Science: Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder by Julia Zarankin ✓
Health: Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries by Lisa Sanders ✓
Travel: Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens ✓
Food: Let's Eat Italy by ✓
Social Media: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now ✓
Sport: Got Your Number: Greatest Sports Legends and the Numbers They Own ✓
Relationships: Humankind by Brad Aronson ✓
The Arts: Great Short Books by Kenneth Davis ✓
Published in 2023: Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life by Dacher Keltner ✓
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2023 Back to the Classics Challenge
2. A 20th century classic. Any book first published from 1900 to 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published.
3. A classic by a woman author.
4. A classic in translation. Any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer.
5. A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author.
6. Mystery/Detective/Crime classic. It can be fiction or non-fiction (true crime). Examples include Murder on the Orient Express, Crime and Punishment, In Cold Blood.
7. A classic short story collection. Any single volume that contains at least six short stories. The book can have a single author or can be an anthology of multiple authors.
Complete Stories by Franz Kafka
8. Pre-1900 classic. Anything written before 1900. Plays and epic poems, such as the Odyssey, are acceptable in this category.
Cuore by Edmondo DeAmicis
9. A nonfiction classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category.
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold ✓
10. Classic that's been on your TBR list the longest. Find the classic book that's been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman ✓
11. Classic set in a place you'd like to visit. Can be real or imaginary -- Paris, Tokyo, the moon, Middle Earth, etc. It can be someplace you've never been, or someplace you'd like to visit again.
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck ✓
12. Wild card classic. Any classic book you like, any category, as long as it's at least 50 years old!
Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell ✓
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2023 Chapter-a-Day Challenge
How It Works:
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2023 Gaia/Nature Reading Challenge
There are no strict rules to the challenge. Pledge to read as many or as few nature-themed books as you would like. Just one qualifies for the challenge. The titles you choose can be either fiction or non-fiction; they just have to have nature, climate or environment as an issue or theme. Share your reading via comments on Gumtrees and Galaxies. Links are welcome and encouraged.
Super Past Due Reviews Challenge
In 2022, I first took on this project with a list of ten books. Happily, I managed to read and review five:
It’s time once again for the 20 Books of Summer, hosted by 746 Books. This year the event will be kicking off on Wednesday 1 June and finishing on Thursday 1 September. If you want to join in, just take the Books of Summer image, and pick your own 10, 15, or 20 books you would like to read. Post the link to your choices in the post’s comments here.
I plan to read:
1. Mrs. Bridge by Evan Connell
2. The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
4. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens
5. How the Light Gets in: Writing as a Spiritual Practice by Pat Schneider
6. Mrs. Plansky's Revenge by Spencer Quinn
7. Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales
8. The Italians by John Hooper
9. French Milk by Lucy Knisley
10. A Woman's Story by Annie Ernaux
11. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
12. An Astronomer in Love by Antoine Laurain
13. Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee Fombelle
14. Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You by Rob Nelson
15. Eating My Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table by Elizabeth Minchilli
16. Got Your Number by Mike Greenberg
17. Food Americana by David Page
18. My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
19. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
20. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
Please join Gilion at Rose City Reader for the eleventh edition of our Grand Tour of Europe through books! The European Reading Challenge has been going strong since 2012. Choose your own level of commitment to complete the challenge. There is a Jet Setter Prize for the person who visits the most countries between the covers.
THE GIST: The idea is to read books set in European countries or books by European authors. The books can be of any genre – fiction, nonfiction, novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, whatever. You can participate at different levels, but each book must represent a different country -- either written by an author from a different country or set in a different country, no two books from the same country.
To participate in the challenge, sign up at the levels below. If you want to go on to compete for the Prize, keep reading!
- FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.
- FOUR STAR (HONEYMOONER): Read four qualifying books.
- THREE STAR (BUSINESS TRAVELER): Read three qualifying books.
- TWO STAR (ADVENTURER): Read two qualifying books.
- ONE STAR (PENSIONE WEEKENDER): Read just one qualifying book.
1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2022 or later (any book published in the year 2021 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books ends up in the “did not finish (DNF)” pile.
2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with the Mr. Linky below. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below). This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean. Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15, 2023.
4. Leave comments on the monthly posts as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2023 TBR LIST! Every person who successfully reads their 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win up to $100 of books from The Book Depository!(That’s right! To celebrate TEN YEARS of this awesome challenge, I’ve doubled the final giveaway prize from $50 to $100!)
5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before, and it was published in 2021 or earlier!
*Note: You can read the books on your list in any order; they do not need to be read in the order you have them listed. Audiobooks count. Graphic novels count. Poetry collections? Essay collections? All good! As you complete a book – review it, go to your original list and turn that title into a link to the review. This will keep the comments section here from getting ridiculously cluttered. For an example of what I mean, Click Here.
Where Can I Post My Reviews? Anywhere! Tik Tok, Instagram, Mastodon, Hive, Facebook, Goodreads, a blog, YouTube, Twitter (if you haven’t abandoned it). It’s really up to you to choose the format that works for you, as long as your posts are public so that you can link them up on our Mister Linky and we can see them.
Monthly Check-Ins: On the 15th of each month, I’m going to post a “TBR Pile Check-In.” This will allow participants to link-up their reviews from the past month and get some recognition for their progress. There will also be small mini-challenges and giveaways to go along with these posts (Such As: Read 6 books by the June Check-in and be entered to win a book of your choice!) I’m hoping this will help to keep us all on track and make the challenge a bit more engaging/interactive. I started these mini-challenges in 2014, and I think they were a great success, so I am continuing them this year!
Chat: On Social Media, please use #TBRYear10
My 2023 TBR Challenge List: 50 Books
Why not go big and set an enormous goal? Let me see how many of the 50 books in my Kindle and physical TBRs I can read this year!
42 of 50 Read and Reviewed
The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wagerin Jr. The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price
The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction. Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World by Noah Stryker
Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant. Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries by Lisa Sanders
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry. Short Stories in Italian. Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness
Rhododendron Pie by Margery Sharp. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
Miss Carter and the Ilfrit by Susan Alice Kerby. A Country Year: Living the Questions by Sue Hubbell
The Italians by John Hooper. Map: Collected and New Poems by Wislawa Szymborska
Lives of the Stoics by Ryan Holiday. The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis
MacGregor Tells the World by Elizabeth Mckenzie. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
Spirals in Time by Helen Scales. The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen.
A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman. Mockingbird by Walter Tevis The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Photography Masterclass. 50 Photo Projects.
Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries by Lisa Sanders The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. Italian Survival Guide.
Jock of the Bushveld by James Percy Fitzpatrick. So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell A Pony for Jean by Joanna Cannan
Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World by Kathryn Aalto. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari. Heart by Edmondo De Amicis
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Langerloef. Bevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard Jefferies
The Italians by John Hooper. Stoner by John Williams. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. How the Light Gets in: Writing as a Spiritual Practice by Pat Schneider
Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg
My Physical TBR (20 of 20 books)
The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Jack by Marilynne Robinson
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardam
Village School by Miss Read. A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful by Gideon Lewis-Kravs
The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
The Outermost House by Henry Beston. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens
Vroom with a View by Peter Moore. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington. The Bobbsey Twins: Merry Days Indoors and Out by Laura Lee Hope
Westward, Ha! Around the World in 80 Cliches by S. J. Perelman. A Winter Book by Tove Jansson
Literary Places by Sarah Baxter. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes and the Stories Behind Them by Mina Holland The Secret Lives of Great Authors by Robert Schnakenberg
The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Long Ago in France by M. F. K. Fisher. Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky
The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata. The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Refugee by Alan Gratz. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
In Search of the Far Side by Gary Larson. A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor
Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. Collected Poems by Robert Graves
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Story's End by Marissa Burt. The City of Dreaming Books. Freddy and the Perilous Adventure by Walter R. Brooks
Trixie Belden #10: The Marshland Mystery. Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto.
The Eight by Katherine Neville Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
A Paris All Your Own edited by Eleanor Brown. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
The Secret Life of Salvador Dali by Dali. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud
Books that Saved My Life by Michael McGirr. Remarkable Diaries. Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
Ursula Le Guin #LoveHain Challenge
So throughout 2023 Calmgrove is planning to read the principal novels in the Hainish series in the order they were published, on a month by month basis, starting this month. If you’d like to join in, you’d be very welcome – using the (hash)tags #LoveHain and #UKLGsf – and after the novels you may like to continue with the short story collections as an additional option.
As Calmgrove did with #Narniathon21 Calmgrove shall post three questions for readers’ consideration on the last Friday of each month (except for this month when it will be on the anniversary of Le Guin’s death, Sunday 22nd January). Please feel free to join in with any discussion in the comments, post links to your reviews or thoughts on social media. Below is my proposed schedule, plus – for completists among you! – the sequence of novels and stories as they were published and the collections they appear in.
January. Rocannon’s World.
February. Planet of Exile.
March. City of Illusions.
April. The Left Hand of Darkness.
May. The Word for World is Forest.
June. The Dispossessed.
July. The Eye of the Heron.
August. The Telling.
September. The Wind’s Twelve Quarters.*
October. A Fisherman of the Inland Sea.*
November. Four Ways to Forgiveness.*
December. The Birthday of the World.*
The Spiritual Memoir Challenge
The Spiritual Memoir Challenge is intended to help us expand our inner world by reading about the spiritual journeys of others. Exploring the diversity of spiritual traditions and paths is encouraged, as well as finding spirit in some surprising or unexpected places. The Spiritual Memoir Challenge is hosted by Lori at The Enchanted Castle.
Welcome to the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge for 2023! Marg at The Intrepid Reader is super excited to be hosting this challenge again this year. You are welcome to join if you have participated before or if it is your first time.
Reading Challenge Details
Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to the monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)
During the following 12 months, you can choose one of the different reading levels:
20th Century Reader - 2 books
Victorian Reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books
Prehistoric - 50+ books
To join the challenge you only need to make a post about it, add your link in Mr. Linky or just leave a link to your blog if you are not yet ready to post about it yet. If you don't have a blog you can just leave a comment for this post saying that you are joining, and link to your Facebook, Goodreads or other social media page where you will be sharing your reviews.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
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Cook the Books Book Club
April / May 2023: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (hosted by Debra at Eliot's Eats)