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Donan's 2022 Challenge

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This is my 7th year participating in Category Challenge. I love this community and its passion for books. I'm looking forward to another year of 100+ books.

Running total: 75

25: 4/2/2022
50: 6/4/2022
75: 9/17/2022

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I love participating in this challenge. I usually read 3/4 of the months.

January: a book about home. The House of the Scorpion
Feburary: read Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature which is a picture book. I enjoyed it but feel strange about counting it here. Oh well. Going to do it anyway! :)
March: Paperback Crush as a nod to my love of young adult fiction
May: flowers.... A Muddied Murder
July: Dog Days of Summer
August: Canadian author or Canada in general... The Testaments?
September: for harvest/angels/autumn, I read The House of Broken Angels which was a sweeping novel of a Mexican immigrant family. Powerful story about siblings and love.

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1. American Gods
2. Postcards from No Man's Land or The Streets
5. Phantom Tollbooth, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Because of Winn Dixie
6. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintence
11. One Thousand White Women: The Journal of May Dodds
18. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay -- currently at KCLS as ebook
23. The People in the Trees

1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
3. So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix-- loved the historical elements. Didn't like the Little Women premise-- too attached to those characters to reimagine them and their plot lines.
4. Drama-- I think this would make a better movie than graphic novel. Can't believe Netflix hasn't tried this yet!
7. Avalon High
8. Where the Light Fell-- love Yancy and loved this book. Honesty. Depth. Beauty. Pain.
9. Fool's Errand
12. Instructions for a Heatwave-- historical fiction. England + Ireland. Complication (and loud!) family. Plus a touch of mystery and the Catholic Church. Couldn't ask for much more in my ideal book.
13. The House of the Scorpion-- compelling characters and plot.
14. Goose Girl-- loved the audiobook.
15. The Lincoln Highway
16. The Chicken Sisters was delightful chick-lit. Nothing special yet full of women figuring out their lives in the midst of communities.
17. The Language of Flowers
19. Necessary Endings: recommended by my therapist. Fine read. Not 'fun' but important.
20. Murder on Astor Place-- main character named Sarah.
21. A Curious Beginning-- I enjoyed this Veronica Speedwell mystery. Delightful main character. Beautiful setting. Intriguing plot. Recommend it.
22. White Bird-- graphic novel recommended by my daughter
24. The House in the Cerulean Sea-- world-building was beautiful. Believable characters. Highly recommend.
25. Goldie Vance-- Nancy Drew like

First bingo: 5/9
Second bingo: 5/14

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TBR Plan

Last year, I broke my list into fiction and non-fiction. This worked well. I found I read about 3 fiction books for every 1 non-fiction book. In an attempt to read broadly across the list, I picked books from the beginning, middle, and end of the TBR list. I might pull books from this list for other challenges.

The Fishermen
The Last Verdict
Fool's Errand-- used for BingoDog #9. Kindle book deal
The Marrow Thieves-- recommended by a local bookshop. Thought-provoking and powerful. Upbeat ending provided hope.
The Thief of Always used for nwbookbingo2022
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler-- used in bingodog
So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix-- used in bingodog
The Princess Bride
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Secret of Platform 13
The Cuckoo's Calling
Here Be Dragons

Strong and Weak-- left over from 2021.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek--own
Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics
Resurrecting the Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma
Aging: The Fulfillment of Life
The Unity of the Bible
The Dignity of Difference
Creativity, Inc.
Churching of America
Heart Berries
The Gospel Comes with a House Key-- at KCLS
An Everyone Culture-- Fuller

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Printz Award


Ain't Burned All the Bright-- beautiful, moving book
I Must Betray You
A Thousand Steps Into Night -- magical and moving. Strong female protagonist and beautiful themes about the nature of family
All My Rage
Hollow Fires-- my current fav
The Silence that Binds Us
Goth Girl, Queen of the Universe

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ReadHarder 2022

Finished: 9 of 24

1. Read a biography of an author you admire: Wrapped in Rainbows was exquisite. I learned so much about Zora Neale Hurston, the fascinating life of a renaissance woman constrained by the realities of being a Southern black woman in the pre-Civil Rights era.

2. Read a book set in a bookstore: The Diary of a Bookseller was a delightful read, inspiring my own wanderlust. Nothing outstanding here but will recommend to those who love Scotland and books.

3. Read any book from the Women’s Prize shortlist/longlist/winner list: Half of a Yellow Sun

4. Read a book in any genre by a POC that’s about joy and not trauma: New Kid

5. Read an anthology featuring diverse voices:

6. Read a nonfiction YA comic: perhaps Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 1 - The Birth of Humankind

7. Read a romance where at least one of the protagonists is over 40.: listented to The Lost Ticket which was delightful

8. Read a classic written by a POC.-- something my James Baldwin?

9. Read the book that’s been on your TBR the longest: maybe Prophetic Imagination

10. Read a political thriller by a marginalized author (BIPOC, or LGBTQIA+): American Spy was excellent! Great writing.

11. Read a book with an asexual and/or aromantic main character: The Reckless Kind

12. Read an entire poetry collection.

13. Read an adventure story by a BIPOC author.

14. Read a book whose movie or TV adaptation you’ve seen (but haven’t read the book).: not Virgin River so maybe Sweet Magnolias Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods

15. Read a new-to-you literary magazine (print or digital).

16. Read a book recommended by a friend with different reading tastes: Heir to the Empire-- glad that I read it but I can't imagine myself reading the next one.

17. Read a memoir written by someone who is trans or nonbinary.: try for Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story which is at library

18. Read a “Best _ Writing of the year” book for a topic and year of your choice: The Best American Poetry 2015 at KCLS

19. Read a horror novel by a BIPOC author.

20. Read an award-winning book from the year you were born.

21. Read a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, folklore, or myth.: Great or Nothing with expected release date in March 2022

22. Read a history about a period you know little about: Revolution in Our Time

23. Read a book by a disabled author: not The Pretty One so back to the drawing board Breathe and Count Back From Ten had some interesting plot points but needed more depth in characters

24. Pick a challenge from any of the previous years’ challenges to repeat!
-- maybe from 2021 Read a book with a cover you hate: A Severe Mercy--KCLS
2019 An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America: maybe Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Summer Book Bingo

released May 18th
finished August 30

1. A SAL speaker: Sing Unburied Sing
2. Sci-fi or fantasy by a BIPOC author: Noor
3. Recommended by a local bookstore: Keeping Two
4. Debut author: Such a Fun Age had delightfully complex characters, pitch-perfect for this moment in time.
5. Blue cover: Glass Houses
6. Banned or challenged book: The Giver
7. Set south of the equator: Circling the Sun on audiobook
8. Unreliable author: The Talented Mr. Ripley
9. A book about books: I will judge you by your bookshelf
10. Recommended by library staff or peak picks: Counterfeit by Kristin Chen
11. Latina/Latino/Latinx author: Breathe and Count Back from Ten-- also in ReadHarder
12. Been meaning to read: Hollow Fires from Prinz reading
13. FREE
14. Health or healthcare workers: On Rotation
15. Set somewhere you'd like to visit: The War That Saved My Life
16. Read Outside: Liar & Spy
17. Hobby or Skill: Take Back Your Power: 10 Rules for Women at Work
18. Non-binary/genderqueer author or character: Beneath the Sugar Sky
19. Reread a childhood favorite: Rite of Passage
20. Recommended by a friend or neighbor: The Thief of Always had an interesting premise but didn't resolve with quite the bang I hoped to read!
21. Outside of your comfort zone: The Game by Ken Dryden
22. Book to screen: Shadow and Bone
23. First book by an author: The Serpent King not as well-written as In the Wild Light but intriguing religious characters.
24. Most recent book by an author:Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee
25. LGBTQ+ love story:How it All Blew Up

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I work for a non-profit with a publishing arm so I regularly receive books. This is the one reading goal I have yet to meet in the past six years. In 2021, I read 7. Aiming for 12!!

1. Finding Messiah-- might write a proper review for this one!

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For all those books that don't fit anywhere else...

1. The Cross and the Lynching Tree which I read for class.
2. The Mediation of Christ which was short, dense and profound
3. Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit read for church small group.
4. Emotional Agility

Dez. 4, 2021, 3:38pm

Welcome back and good luck on your 2022 reading.

Dez. 5, 2021, 2:56am

Good luck with your 2022 reading!

Dez. 5, 2021, 6:02am

Happy reading!

Dez. 5, 2021, 7:04am

Good luck with your challenge.

Dez. 5, 2021, 8:47pm

Enjoy your 2022 challenge!

Dez. 8, 2021, 5:01pm

Good luck in 2022!

Dez. 8, 2021, 5:43pm

Welcome back and have a great reading year! I'll be interested to hear what you think of The Marrow Thieves; it's on my radar but hasn't quite made its way to my to-read list.

Dez. 9, 2021, 11:15am

Have a great 2022 with plenty of good books!

Jan. 3, 10:04pm

Good luck with your reading this year!