Complete Works Of

  • Jane Austen: Completed and uncompleted novels, short stories, and Juvenilia. (6/10)
  • James A. Michener: Since I consider Centennial to be one of my favorite books ever, I should move on to more of Michener’s fiction, don’t you think?  (2/27)
  • Jodi Picoult: Not only would I like to read the novels I have yet to read, I would also like to re-read every novel she’s penned. (16/19)

Perpetual & Personal

  • 101 Great Books for College-Bound Readers: Attempting to read the 74 books I did not get to before starting college. (32/101)
  • AP Literature: There have been 298 books referred to on the AP Literature Exam since 1971. I would like to read them all. (57/299)
  • Classics Club: My self-selected list of 75 pieces of classic literature to be read by August 15, 2017. (3/75)
  • More Pride, More Prejudice: Sequels, spin-offs, and variations of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. (44/78)

Past Years

2012 Challenges

  • The Honors Project: Personal challenge to read books related to food, economics, and geography in preparation of writing my honors thesis.
  • What’s in a Name?: Six books that include a certain characteristic — topographical feature, something you’d see in the sky, creepy crawly, type of house, something you’d carry in your pocket/purse, something you’d find on a calendar. (Incomplete)

2011 Challenges:

  • Chunkster: Six books of adult literature (fiction or nonfiction) of 450 pages or more. (Completed)
  • Lost in Translation: Six books translated to English from their original language. (Completed)
  • One, Two, Theme!: Selected four themes (primates, natural resources, Queen Victoria, and Turkey) and reading ten books in total. (Completed)
  • To Be Read: Twelve books, plus twelve alternates, I have yet to get around to reading. (Completed)
  • Victorian Literature: Read one to four books from the Victorian era of my choosing. (Completed)
  • What’s in a Name?: Six books that include a certain characteristic – number, jewelry or a gem, size, travel or movement, evil, and life stage. (Completed)

2010 Challenges:

  • All About the Brontës: Read, watch, or listen to between three to six things pertaining to the Brontë sisters. (Incomplete)
  • Chunkster: Four books of adult literature (fiction or nonfiction) of 450 pages or more. (Complete)
  • Vietnam War: Five books, including a read-a-long, with the Vietnam War as a primary or secondary theme. (Incomplete)
  • What’s in a Name?: Six books that include a certain characteristic – food, body of water, title (queen, president), plant, place name, and music term. (Complete)
  • World Religion: Read something about all five of the major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism) plus more books about anything from Shintoism to Wicca, from Scientology to Comparative Religion. (Incomplete)

2009 Challenges:

  • 1% Well-Read: Read ten books in ten months off of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die in order to become more “well-read.” (Incomplete)
  • 9 for 09: Nine books that fulfill nine categories — Long, Free, Dusty, Used, Letter, Strange, Distance, Alive or Not, Cover. (Incomplete)
  • A to Z: One book for each letter of the alphabet for both title and author’s surname to make fifty-two books in total. (Completed)
  • Chunkster: Four books of adult literature (fiction or nonfiction) of 450 pages or more. (Completed)
  • Classics: Four books considered “classics” plus one bonus, modern book that could eventually be considered a classic. (Incomplete)
  • Diversity Rocks!: Read six books by authors that “aren’t like you”. (Completed)
  • Dewey’s Books: Read six books that Dewey had also read and reviewed. (Completed)
  • Everything Austen: Read or watch six Austen-esque things. (Completed)
  • Read Your Own Books: Read thirty books I own and that come off my own shelves. (Completed)
  • Read Your Name: Read a book starting with each letter of my first name, Christina. (Completed)
  • Spring Reading Thing: Eight books I selected to read during the three months of spring. (Completed)
  • Summer Lovin’: Ignore your growing TBR list and pick up those books sitting on my shelves I absolutely loved and keep telling myself I should read again. I selected seven books. (Completed)
  • To-Be-Read: Twelve books I have yet to get around to reading. (Incomplete)
  • What’s in a Name?: Six books that include a certain characteristic – profession, time of day, relative, body part, building, medical condition. (Completed)
  • World War II: Ten books about World War II and the Holocaust. (Completed)

2008 Challenges:

  • A to Z: One book for each letter of the alphabet for both title and author’s surname to make fifty-two books in total. (Incomplete)
  • Classics: Five books considered “classics” plus one bonus, modern book that could eventually be considered a classic. (Incomplete)
  • Spring Reading Thing: Six books I selected to read during the three months of spring. (Incomplete)
  • To-Be-Read: Twelve books I have yet to get around to reading. (Incomplete)