2017 Reading Challenges

I read better with more flexiblity, and I have various lists from which to choose plus my own goals for the year. I am not holding myself to these strictly, but I think I can mark off several from each list with what I'm planning on reading anyway. I would love it if I managed to finish off my Classics Club list.

Corinne's Outdo Yourself Book Challenge
I'm aiming for On Fire: 11-15 more books, or 4,000+ more pages. I read 52 books last year, but in previous years (including years IN COLLEGE and working) I've read 69-85, so I am aiming for 75 this year. But I want higher quality books, and I am hoping my page count will be far and beyond last years. I'm not going to set my challenge on Goodreads until the end of the year or force myself to look at number frequently; I would just like to prioritize reading better and stay off of the Internet, and I think I can meet my goal.

Adventures of Reading Challenge
Level: Wrangler, 10-12 Books
1. A book of Tennyson's Poetry
2. Confident Pluralism
3. Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry (this is part of my US history self-ed course; I need to get back on track)
4. Hemingway (ANYTHING, I've checked out books of his several time and never forced myself to get to them; actually something to finish my classics list)
5. Henry James (trying to force myself to read US authors)
6. Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution (just a warning, my brain might give out around the middle of the year)
7. Mill on the Floss
8. At the Altar
9. The Golden Road
10. In the Teeth of the Evidence
11. The Wimsey Papers
12. Striding Folly

Elyssa Nalani's Grown Up Reading Challenge
A book about world history (Arab and Israel, the former I pulled off the shelves, the latter was intentional)
A book about an invention
A book about personal development
A book about relationships
A book about business (I'm going to count economics, rather significant to business)
A book about art
A book about religion/theology (Islam and Judaism, sense a theme?)
A book about personal finance
A book about current events (scholarly)
A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn’t (I'll probably just pick a likely to be assigned Shakespeare play)
A book about science
A book of poetry
A book that was originally written in a different language (Russian classics)
A book more than 100 years old
A play (I'm still trying to finish Shakespeare)
A book that won the Pulitzer Prize (history)
A classic
A banned book (Satanic Verses)
A book about food
An autobiography, biography or memoir Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (peoples, do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read this as any sort of political or scholarly or representative work, just read it at face value)

Modern Mrs. Darcy
Reading for Growth
A Newbery Award winner or Honor book
A book in translation (Russian classic)
A book over 600 pages (hoping to have several of these)
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection (poetry)
A book of any genre that addresses current events The Tolerance of Intolerance by D. A. Carson (highly, highly recommended)
An immigrant story
A book published before you were born Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
3 Books by the same author: Blood Feud, The Capricorn Bracelet, and Flame Colored Taffeta by Rosemary Sutcliff
A book by an #ownvoices or #diverse books author
A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending
A book nominated for an award in 2017 (history)
A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner (history)

ReRead List
~The Jane Austen novels (except Emma which I read last December)
~Much Ado About Nothing (and watch the movie again)
~To Have and To Hold
~The Tale of Two Cities
~Book of Walter Scott's Poetry
~The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Elusive Pimpernel, and El Dorado
~Aunt Jane's Hero
~The Book Thief
~The Screwtape Letters
~The Silmarillion
~Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost

My Own Challenges
Fiction Challenge

1. 4 more weighty Continental European canon classics
2. A book in its original language
3. A book 1000 years old
4. 2 award-winning books
5. Two (new) local authors
6. More of first read local
7. Regional author(s)
8. Southern U.S.
9. African-American
10. Native American
11. General U.S. authors
12. South American
13. Canadian
14. Asian
15. Continental European
16. 5 poets
17. 2 playwrights
18. Science Fiction
19. Westerns
20. 2 modern

Non-Fictions Reading Challenge Categories

1. A scholarly monograph on a subject of history
2. A scholarly monograph on a subject of US history
3. A general history (non-European and non-US)
4. Collection of firsthand accounts
5. Biography or autobiography/memoir
6. Biography or autobiography/memoir
7. Relationships/personality/psychology
8. Epidemiology/history of medicine
9. A book about religion/theology
10. Church history
11. Personal growth/Bible study type book
12. Creationism
13. Apologetics/Worldview
14. Critical thinking/formal logic
15. Ethics/current events
16. World cultures, manners, differences
17. Geography
18. Travel
19. Art (participatory read)
20. Music (participatory read)
21. Photography (participatory read)
22. Foodie book (participatory read)
23. Historical fashion (if small, read several)
24. Manners/etiquette
25. 20 scholarly journal articles on subjects of history
26. Any extras

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