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2017 Book Challenge List



Since the nature of my work means I have way too much free time, I decided to participate in some random blog's 2017 book challenge, because why not? The way the challenge works is that there are 50 or so categories, and during the year you have to read books that fit in each of the categories. The rules don't say that reading one book can satisfy multiple categories, but it doesn't really say it can't either. So I did the challenge that way.


So how did I do? Got everything except three. The nature of where I was made it reeeaallly hard to find used book sales, or finding books on a trip. I didn't read a book recommended by an author I loved because I just didn't get around to it. But, anyway, here's V1P2's 2017 in books:


(Authors not included because I didn't record that information initially and I don't feel like going back and putting it in.)


Requirement- Book


A book recommended by a librarian- How to Ditch Your Fairy

A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long- Frankenstein

A book of letters- Dear Mr. Henshaw

An audiobook- Dear Mr. Henshaw

A book by a non-white author- Native Son

A book with one of the four seasons in the title- The Tears of Autumn

A book that is a story within a story- Frankenstein

A book with multiple authors- You Might Be a Zombie

An espionage thriller- The Tears of Autumn

A book with a cat on the cover- The Carnivorous Carnival

A book by an author who uses a pseudonym- The Bad Beginning

A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read- The Lightning Thief

A book by or about a person who has a disability- A Mango-Shaped Space

A book involving travel- Murder on the Orient Express

A book with a subtitle- You Might Be a Zombie: Shocking but Utterly True Facts

A book that's published in 2017- New Orleans Vampires

A book involving a mythical creature- Pegasus

A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile- Go the *cough* to Sleep

A book about food- The Monday Night Cooking School

A book with career advice- Thinking in Pictures

A book from a nonhuman perspective- Diaspora

A steampunk novel- Boneshaker

A book with a red spine- The Ersatz Elevator

A book set in the wilderness- The Slippery Slope

A book you loved as a child- The Bad Beginning

A book by an author from a country you've never visited- Diaspora

A book with a title that's a character's name- The Count of Monte Cristo

A novel set during wartime- The Tears of Autumn

A book with an unreliable narrator- The Haunting of Hill House

A book with pictures- Fantastic Mr. Fox

A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you- Native Son

A book about an interesting woman- Thinking in Pictures

A book set in two time periods- The Covenant

A book with a month or day of the week in the title- The Monday Night Cooking School

A book set in a hotel- The Penultimate Peril

A book written by someone you admire- Thinking in Pictures

A book that's becoming a movie in 2017- Murder on the Orient Express

A book surrounding a holiday other than Christmas- A Hallowe'en Party

The first book in a series you haven't read before- Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge Series #1)

A book you bought on a trip-


The following were "bonus" categories, not required but I wanted to read these categories anyway:


A book recommended by an author you love-

A bestseller from 2016- Me Before You

A book with a family member term in the title- Native Son

A book that takes place over a character's lifespan- Frankenstein

A book about an immigrant or refugee- The Covenant

A book from a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of- Perdido Street Station

A book with an eccentric character- The Grim Grotto

A book that's more than 800 pages- Pillars of the Earth

A book you got from a used book sale-

A book that's been mentioned in another book- Native Son

A book about a difficult topic- Thinking in Pictures

A book based on mythology- The Lightning Thief


A lot of these books were read for the first time. Some of them were surprising, like Perdido Street Station which is an incredibly weird science fiction book that has no right to make as much sense as it does. I got to revisit old favorites like "A Series of Unfortunate Events," found some new favorites like How to Ditch Your Fairy, and read some books that I'd like to promptly forget I read like Me Before You. And I finally read Frankenstein, which was a really, really good book.


Next week I get to jump on the 2018 list, which I hopefully do better at completing.

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