2019 Reading Challenges: Three-Quarters Update

It’s October, and time to check in again on my reading challenges for the year!

Nonfiction Reading Challenge
Host: Doing Dewey
Goal: 12 Nonfiction Books

My ongoing nonfiction reading continues, with a lot of variety in topics.  At my last update, I’d decided to try the “Century Challenge,” reading one book from each century of the Dewey Decimal system.  I only had a few left to hit, and I got all of them in during this last quarter.  So I guess it’s all just a free ride from here for the rest of the year on this one!

  1. We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee (590.73)
  2. Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb (158.1)
  3. Through Lover’s Lane by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly (813.52)
  4. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (571.09)
  5. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (028.9)
  6. Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim (294.35)
  7. The Creative Life by Julia Cameron (818.54)
  8. Do Nothing by Siroj Sorajjakool (299.51)
  9. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (153.35)
  10. It’s Better Than It Looks by Gregg Easterbrook (306.09)
  11. Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
  12. A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton (387.73)
  13. Growing Up Again by Mary Tyler Moore (362.19)
  14. The Prodigal Tongue by Lynne Murphy (428.00)
  15. 30 Before 30 by Marina Shifrin (650.10)
  16. Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin (974.7)
  17. Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom (910.40)
  18. I’ll Have What She’s Having by Rebecca Harrington (791.43)
  19. Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung
  20. Living a Life That Matters by Harold S. Kushner (296.36)
  21. There Are No Grown-ups by Pamela Druckerman (305.24)
  22. Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman (155.23)

Humor Reading Challenge
Host: Whatever I Think Of
Goal: 6 Funny Books

I hit my book count goal for funny books,  but I’d still like to find more that are, well, funnier!  I may have to pick up a Terry Pratchett book before the end of the year…

  1. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  2. The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  3. Beyond the Doors by David Neilsen
  4. NPCs by Drew Hayes
  5. I’ll Have What She’s Having by Rebecca Harrington
  6. Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

Image result for heart pngRomance Is in the Pages
Goal: 6 Love Stories

This challenge has blown past the book count goal, but while there’s been a lot of good couples, there isn’t a break-out favorite yet.  We’ll see what happens in the final quarter!

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  3. Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
  4. Every Day by David Levithan
  5. Stranger at Wildings by Madeleine Brent
  6. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  7. Golden Urchin by Madeleine Brent
  8. Little White Lies by Gemma Townley
  9. One Day in December by Josie Silver
  10. Gotta Catch Her by Kelly Haworth
  11. Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
  12. Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  13. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  14. Captain from Castile by Samuel Shellabarger
  15. 96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash

Image result for diversityDiversity Delights
Goal: 12 Books with a Diverse Hero(ine)

Some progress made here, but I’m still behind where I should be.  I’m in the middle of a book with Asian protagonists, though, and I finally got it together to put several more with diverse casts on reserve at the library, so hopefully I’ll get myself caught up!

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Korean-American)
  2. Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner (African-American and Jewish)
  3. Every Day by David Levithan (kinda everything…)
  4. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Chinese)
  5. Impostors by Scott Westerfeld (Latino)
  6. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (African)
  7. 96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash (Indian/African-American)

My total reading count puts me higher than I was at this time last year, so I’m happy about that too.  How’s your reading going for the year?


5 thoughts on “2019 Reading Challenges: Three-Quarters Update

  1. Cheryl, my reading has been lower this year, but the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril has really help bring it up 😀 And I think you should definitely read a Terry Pratchett before the end of the year 😛


    I just download whatever appeals to me, so I haven’t managed to complete any reading challenges. I keep thinking I’ll try, but then I see a title I want to read that doesn’t fit in any of them. Then another. Then another… So much for me and reading challenges. 🤣
    I can sneak in a lot more reading time than most since I work part-time, don’t have a spouse, and because I listen to audiobooks. I can ‘read’ while I do dishes, laundry, drive, etc. Which must be how I’ve managed 107 books already, so far this year! 😳 That will slow down dramatically in November with NaNoWriMo, so I have now challenged myself to finish 120 books this year.

  3. I’m reading a lot this year – I average about 6-7 books per month. I expect to stay on track at that rate up to the end of the year. But I always have a large “to be read” list, no matter how many I read! 🙂

  4. Tiffany

    Wow, my reading is going well but I’d like to finish more books more quickly. It’s great to have an app that keeps on my toes because as a result of not having one I’d probably procrastinate more 😊

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