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Reading challenges

I am trying 2 different reading challenges this year.  I've noticed that some people participate in several challenges, but I feel like too many challenges would dictate what I read to the point that I am reading stuff other than what I really want to read.  I guess I'll see how these two challenges go to see if I want to try more next year.


The first challenge is the literary exploration group insane challenge on Goodreads.  It requires reading 36 books, each from a different genre.  I've already picked my books for each genre so that I don't have to worry about it as I go along.  I, of course, could change some as I go.  I was completely unfamiliar with a few of these genres even though I am pretty good about reading various kinds of books, so I am excited to try some new things.  My picks are below for this challenge.


Action/Adventure- Patrick O'Brian - Master and Commander
Auto-Biography/Biography-Doris Kearns Goodwin - Wait Till Next Year
Chick-Lit- Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones Diary
Childrens Book-E. B. White - Charlotte's Web
Classics-Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God

Contemporary/Drama- John Grisham - Sycamore Row
Cyberpunk/Steampunk-Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic-Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Epic- Ken Follett p Fall of Giants  
Erotica-Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita

Espionage-John Le Caree - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Fantasy- J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings
Graphic Novels- Alan Moore - Watchmen
Gothic- Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
Historical Fiction- Erich Maria Remarque -  All Quiet on the Western Front
Horror- Joe Hill -  NOS4A2
Humour- Christopher Moore -  Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Literary Fiction- Hilary Mantel -  Wolf Hall
Magical Realism- Jose Saramago -  Death with Interruptions
Mystery- Dennis Lehane -  Shutter Island
Non Fiction- Bill Bryson - One Summer: America, 1927

Paranormal/Supernatural- Lev Grossman - The Magicians
Philosophical- Albert Camus -  The Stranger
Poetry- Billy Collins -  Ballistics
Pulp – (Hard-Boiled or Noir) James M Cain -  The Postman Always Rings Twice

Romance- Debbie Macomber - Rose Harbor in Bloom

Science Fiction- Robert Heinlein -  Stranger in a Strange Land
Self Help/Educational- John Pearson -  Learn Me Gooder
Short Stories- George Saunders -  Tenth of December
Thriller- Lisa Gardner -  Touch and Go
Travel- Rich Ochoa -  One Way Ticket to Anywhere
True Crime- John Berendt -  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Urban Fantasy- Cassandra Clare -  The City of Bones
Victorian- H.G. Wells - The Invisible Man

Western- Cormac McCarthy -  All the Pretty Horses
Young Adult- Stephen Chbosky -  The Perks of Being a Wallflower


The second challenge I am doing is doing is to continue reading the best novels of the 20th century that I started last year.  I originally wanted to read at least 25 per year, but I've dropped that this year to one a month.  I wasn't enjoying reading some of those novels as much as I would have liked, so I will spend a little less time on them.  I've incorporated as many of them as I could into my other challenge.  I've created a shelf for each challenge to help keep track.