2018 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges:

  1. #LitsyAtoZ Challenge
  2. 2018 MPL Reading Challenge
  3. Pulitzer 8s Challenge
  4. Read Harder Challenge
  5. What’s in a Name? 2018

#LitsyAtoZ Challenge:


Challenge Status: 20/26

I’ve done A to Z challenges ever since I started book blogging, but these past few years, I’ve just done it solo. This year, I’m jumping back into an “official” challenge and doing #LitsyAtoZ (you can find me on Litsy as @feministtexican).

The rules: Read a book from every letter of the alphabet, going by either title, author, or a mix of both. I’m going with author. Titles in gray are tentative.

  • A – American War by Omar El Akkad
  • B – Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  • C – What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
  • D – Islandborn by Junot Díaz
  • E – Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
  • F – When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer
  • G – The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
  • H – Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I – White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  • J – Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
  • K – Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
  • L – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • M – Dirty Girl by Meghan March
  • N – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • O – The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  • P – The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  • Q – Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
  • R – The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
  • S – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • T – This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • U – Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  • V – Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • W – Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
  • X – Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
  • Y – Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
  • Z – Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

2018 McAllen Public Library Reading Challenge


Current status: 15/26

The rules: Read one book in each category by the December 31, 2018. This is a late addition, but I cannot resist participation my library’s reading challenge! #readingchallengempl

  1. A book that became a movie: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  2. A book with a number in the title: Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
  3. A book with a one-word titleVivid by Beverly Jenkins
  4. A book set in a different country: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  5. A book written by an author with your same initials: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  6. A YA bestsellerUglies by Scott Westerfeld
  7. A book you can finish in a day: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
  8. A graphic novelEarthling by Aisha Franz
  9. A book with a protagonist who has your occupationUp the Down Staircase Novel by Bel Kaufman
  10. A book of poetryQuestions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
  11. An audiobook: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  12. A book with one of the four seasons in the title: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  13. A book with a cat on the cover: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  14. A book from a nonhuman perspectiveThe Call of the Wild by Jack London
  15. A book about an interesting womanVéra (Mrs.Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff
  16. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: Independence Day by Richard Ford
  17. A book with your favorite color in the titleThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  18. A book with a weather element in the titleThis Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich
  19. A book with song lyrics in the title: Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
  20. A book with an author from your home state/country: Giant by Edna Ferber
  21. A book you borrowed or was given as a gift: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  22. A childhood classic you’ve never readA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  23. A book about or by a politician: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
  24. A book based on a true storyDead Mountain by Donnie Eichar
  25. A banned bookThe Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  26. A book you started but never finished: Véra (Mrs.Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff

Pulitzer 8s Challenge


Challenge Status: 1/9

This is a personal challenge that helps me break down my much larger Pulitzer Project.

The goal: read all of the Pulitzer fiction winners for the years ending in 8. I’ve already read the winners for 1988 and 2008, so I only have 9 to read this year.

1918 – His Family by Ernest Poole
1928 – The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
1938 – The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
1948 – Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
1958 – A Death in the Family by James Agee
1968 – The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Stryon
1978 – Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
1988 – Beloved by Toni Morrison
1998 – American Pastoral by Philip Roth
2008 – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
2018 – Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Book Riot’s Read Harder 2018 Challenge


Challenge Status: 10/24

The rules: There are 24 tasks in the Read Harder Challenge (or roughly two per month). You can tackle them in any order, make any changes, do them all in a month or spread them out over the year. My feminist recommendations can be found here.

  1. A book published posthumously: The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
  2. A book of true crimeThe Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  3. A classic of genre fiction: Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same personEarthling by Aisha Franz
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  6. A book about natureThis Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich
  7. A westernThe Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of colorThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literatureWide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color: Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  12. A celebrity memoirWhere the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection: Fall on Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald
  14. A book of social scienceThe Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women and Marriage in the Twenty-First Century by Anne Kingston
  15. A one-sitting book: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade seriesUglies by Scott Westerfeld
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female authorThe Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or ImageAya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and‎ Clément Oubrerie
  19. A book of genre fiction in translationPaprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
  20. A book with a cover you hateI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
  22. An essay anthology: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture ed. by Roxane Gay
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)Véra (Mrs.Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff

What’s in a Name? 2018


Challenge Status: 4/6

The rules: Between January 1 and December 31, 2018, read one book in each of the following categories. These are my tentative titles:

  1. The word ‘the’ used twice: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  2. A fruit or vegetable: The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
  3. A shape: When the Stars Go Blue by Barbara Caridad Ferrer
  4. Begins with ZZenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire
  5. A nationalityAmerican War by Omar El Akkad
  6. A seasonThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki