2019 Reading Challenges

 2019 Reading Challenges:

  1. #LitsyAtoZ Challenge
  2. McAllen Public Library Challenge
  3. Pulitzer 9s Challenge
  4. Read Harder Challenge

#LitsyAtoZ Challenge:


Challenge Status: 21/26

I’ve done A to Z challenges ever since I started book blogging, and this year, I’m again 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 – Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
  • B – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • C – An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  • D – Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
  • E – Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  • F – Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank and adapted by Ari Folman
  • G – Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • H – How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
  • I – The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
  • J – How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
  • K – Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  • L – Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
  • M – Handbook for a Post-Roe America by Robin Marty
  • N – I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum
  • O – My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
  • P – This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  • Q – Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero
  • R – The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • S – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • T – Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
  • U – Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
  • V – Ventriloquism by Catherynne M. Valente
  • W – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • X – Five Spice Street by Can Xue
  • Y – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
  • Z – American Street by Ibi Zoboi

2019 McAllen Public Library Reading Challenge


Current status: 13/24

The rules: Read one book in each category by the December 31, 2019. This is a late addition, but I cannot resist participation my library’s reading challenge! #readingchallengempl

  1. A classic you’ve been meaning to read: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  2. A book you can read in a day: The Origins of Others by Toni Morrison
  3. A first book in a trilogy:
  4. A book on NYT bestseller list for 10+ weeks: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
  5. A book with letter “y” somewhere in titleWhat Every Girl Should Know by J. Albert Mann
  6. A book with an ugly cover: My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
  7. A book with shade of green in title: Green Girl by Kate Zambreno
  8. A book that discusses mental illness: The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity by Mark Vonnegut
  9. A book written or illustrated by a SoTX book fest author/illustrator: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
  10. A book about someone with a superpower: 
  11. Reread a favorite book: Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
  12. A YA book by a woman of color: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  13. A book with a one word title: Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  14. A book by an author who uses initials: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  15. A children’s book: Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
  16. An ebook: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
  17. A book about a holiday you don’t celebrate:
  18. A book written in diary or letter format: Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank and adapted by Ari Folman
  19. A book written by someone under 30: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
  20. A book recommended by a librarian:
  21. A book about food: The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty
  22. A book recommended by a celebrity you like: Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
  23. A book published in 2019: Handbook for a Post-Roe America by Robin Marty
  24. Wild card — your choice: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Pulitzer 9s Challenge


Challenge Status: 2/11

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 9.

1919 – The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
1929 – Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
1939 – The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1949 – Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
1959 – The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
1969 – House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
1979 – The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
1989 – Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
1999 – The Hours by Michael Cunningham
2009 – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
2019 – The Overstory by Richard Powers

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. An epistolary novel or collection of letters: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  2. An alternate history novel: The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
  4. A humor book:
  5. A book by a journalist or about journalism: Trailblazer by Dorothy Butler Gilliam
  6. A book by an AOC set in or about space:
  7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America: I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchu 
  8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
  9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads: Ventriloquism by Catherynne M. Valente
  10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a womanThe Kukotsky Enigma by Ludmila Ulitskaya, Diane Nemec Ignashev (Translator)
  11. A book of mangaA Bride’s Story, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori
  12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character:
  13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverseMockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  14. A cozy mystery:
  15. A book of mythology or folklore: There Was a Woman: La Llorona from Folklore to Popular Culture by Domino Renée Pérez
  16. An historical romance by an AOCAn Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  17. A business bookPower Moves: Lessons from Davos by Adam Grant
  18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary authorIf I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  19. A book of nonviolent true crimeThe Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams
  20. A book written in prisonDe Profundis by Oscar Wilde
  21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator:
  22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  23. A self-published bookStill Alice by Lisa Genova
  24. A collection of poetry published since 2014: Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
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