2016 Reading Challenge – March Update!

Best-Books-To-Get-You-Into-ReadingAnother month, another pile of books toward finishing my reading challenge!  I’ve had to buckle down and get serious about some category work this month.  I got all caught up in a series (The Selection) and suddenly was running out of Wild Card slots!  Remember back at the beginning when I said I’d need a whole bunch  more Wild Cards?  Well, I wasn’t kidding.  How’d they get used up so darn fast?!?!  I’m contemplating adding extras.  I know I had sworn to finish these categories before going “off-list” but sometimes I’m at the mercy of requesting books from the library and waiting and waiting for them to come in.  What am I supposed to do, go without reading for 2, 3 days, even a week at times??  The horror!!!

I read so very many books in February because I had a terrible sinus infection for two weeks, where I did almost nothing but curl up and read.  I couldn’t watch TV, I couldn’t do much, but I could plow through books like nobody’s business.  17 in that month!  That has slowed down a little bit in March as life has gotten somewhat busier, but I’m still on track to finish this challenge early.


Read a book that takes place on each continent, or is written by an author from that continent (fiction or non-fiction)

1. North America: Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
2. South America: At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
3. Africa
4. Antarctica: Subterranean by James Rollins
5. Europe: Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
6. Asia: The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
by Yongey Mingyur, Daniel Goleman
7. Australia: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

8. A banned or challenged book: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
9. An award winning book (National Book Award): What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
10. Memoir/Autobiography/Biography: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
11. A dead author’s last book
12. A book with LGBT matter or character(s): OMG Queer: Short Stories by Queer Youth by Radclyffe
13. A book your favorite author loves
14. A retold fairytale
15. A Young Adult book: Raven by Lauren Oliver
16. A history book (fiction or non-fiction)
17. A book where you have seen the movie, but not read the book: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
18. A book from the NYT Bestseller list: (debuted at #1) Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
19. A book with the point of view of an immigrant: Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
20. A controversial book: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
21. The first book you see when you walk into a library or bookstore
22. A classic
23. A debut novel: Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
24. Published this year (2016)
25. Based entirely on the cover
26. Own but never read
27. A book by an author you never read before: Lock In by John Scalzi
28. A book recommended to you by a friendly librarian
29. A book by a Nobel Prize winner
30. Mythology (not just Greek)
31. A book written by someone born the same year as you
32. Dystopia: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
33. Reread of a favorite book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
34. A book about books
35. Book published the year you graduated high school
36. A book a child/teen/someone younger than you loves: The Selection
by Kiera Cass
37. A book about/set by the sea: Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler
38. A book with two authors: Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
39. Author from your own state, province, or country
40. A book about a trip (road, cruise, around the world): The Vacationers by Emma Straub
41. A book with the name of a person in the title
42. Science Fiction: The 100 by Kass Morgan
43. Fantasy: The Elite by Kiera Cass
44. Wild card: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
45. Wild card: Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome by John Scalzi
46. Wild card: The Queen by Kiera Cass
47. Wild card: The Prince by Kiera Cass
48. Wild card: After You by Jojo Moyes
49. Wild card: The Favorite by Kiera Cass
50. Wild card: The One by Kiera Cass
51. Wild card
52. Wild card