Challenge Tracking

Here’s where I’ll record books read, in the appropriate challenge category.

2013 Middle East Reading Challenge COMPLETED

  1. A Sky So Close / Betool Khedairi
  2. Women Without Men / Shahrmush Parsipur
  3. Snow / Orhan Pamuk
  4. West of the Jordan / Laila Halaby
  5. The Liberated Bride / A.B. Yehoshua
  6. The Conversion / Aharon Appelfeld
  7. The Blind Man’s Garden / Nadeem Aslam
  8. Girls of Riyadh / Rajaa Alsanea
  9. The Cairo House / Samia Serageldin
  10. I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman / Joumana Haddad
  11. The Arabian Nights / Husain Haddawy, trans.
  12. The Committee / Sun’allah Ibrahim
  13. Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith / Gina B. Nahai
  14. An Arab Melancholia / Abdellah Taia
  15. The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie / Malu Halasa
  16. The Kite Runner / Khaled Hosseini
  17. The New Lion of Damascus / David W. Lesch

2013 Literary Exploration Challenge

Insane Level

Adventure: Boy Nobody / Allen Zadoff

Auto-biography or Biography / An American Bride in Kabul, Phyllis Chesler

Chick Lit: The Sweetness of Forgetting / Kristin Harmel

Children’s Book: Bridge to Terabithia / Katherine Paterson

Classic: The Postman Always Rings Twice / James M. Cain

Drama: 4000 Miles / Amy Herzog

Dystopian: Allegiant / Veronica Roth

Educational: The Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

Erotica: Look Homeward, Erotica / The Kensington Ladies’ Erotica Society

Espionage: The Prague Cemetery  / Umberto Eco

Fantasy: The Aware / Glenda Larke

Gothic: The Castle of Otranto  / Horace Walpole

Hard-boiled: The Thin Man / Dashiell Hammett

Historical Fiction: The Third Son / Julie Wu

Horror: Blood Oranges / Caitlin Kiernan (writing as Kathleen Tierney)

Humor: Apocalypse Cow / Michael Logan

Literary Fiction: Tell the Wolves I’m Home / Carol Rifka Brunt

Mystery: A Rule Against Murder / Louise Penny

Noir: Crashed / Timothy Hallinan

Non-fiction: Downscaling / Dave and Kathy Babbitt

Paranormal: Joyland / Stephen King

Philosophical: Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest / Lynne M. Baab

Poetry: Only the Senses Sleep / Wayne Miller

Romance: Letters From Skye / Jessica Brockmole

Science Fiction: Kraken / China Mieville

Steampunk: The Hunter / Theresa Meyers

Supernatural: White Tiger / Kylie Chan

True Crime: Quiet Dell / Jayne Anne Phillips

Urban Fantasy: Chicks Kick Butt / Rachel Caine, ed.

Young Adult: Shadow and Bone / Leigh Bardugo

2013 Witch’s Reading Challenge COMPLETED–initiate level

  1. Spellcasters / Pauline Bartel
  2. Her Hidden Children Chas S. Clifton
  3. In Praise of the Crone / Dorothy Morrison
  4. Witchcraft: An Alternative Path / Ann Moura
  5. Witchcraft From the Inside / Raymond Buckland
  6. The Rosicrucians / Christopher McIntosh

Books and Movies 2013 Essay Challenge COMPLETED

  1. The Chicken Chronicles / Alice Walker
  2. Sugar In My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex / Erica Jong, ed.
  3. Free Will / Sam Harris
  4. No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood / Henriette Mantel, ed.
  5. One Hundred Great Essays / Robert Diyanni

Dive Into Poetry Challenge 2013 COMPLETED

  1. Metaphysical DogFrank Bidart
  2. The Exchange / Sophie Cabot Black

Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge 2013

COMPLETED–Bronze level

  1. This Creature Fair / Wayne Wise
  2. Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause & Hormone Book / Susan M. Love, M.D.
  3. Life After Life / Kate Atkinson
  4. White Jacket Required / Jenna Weber
  5. An Ideal Bookshelf / Thessaly la Force, ed.
  6. Tiny Beautiful Things / Cheryl Strayed
  7. Everyday Food Light / Martha Stewart Living
  8. Bust DIY Guide to Life / Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller
  9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane / Neil Gaiman
  10. The American Yoga Association’s Beginners Manual / Alice Christensen
  11. Slow Time / Waverly Fitzgerald
  12. Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library / Joyce G. Saricks
  13. Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause / The Boston Women’s Health Collective
  14. Drift / Rachel Maddow
  15. Main Street Vegan / Victoria Moran
  16. Choosing Me Before We / Christine Arylo

Graphic Novel Challenge 2013 COMPLETED–Level 1

  1. Drama / Raina Telgemeier (children’s category)
  2. Missed Connections / Sophie Blackall
  3. Nemo: Heart of Ice / Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
  4. Devi #1 / Shekhar Kapur
  5. 7 Against Chaos / Harlan Ellison
  6. Dragon Puncher / James Kochalka
  7. The Sandman: Overture / Neil Gaiman
  8. The Blonde, Vol. 1 / F. Saudelli
  9. Antique Bakery, Vol. 1 / Fumi Yoshinaga
  10. Hyperbole and a Half / Allie Brosh
  11. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For / Alison Bechdel
  12. Goth / Otsuichi
  13. Boxers / Gene Luen Yang
  14. van helsing’s night off / nicolas mahler

Library Books Reading Challenge 2013 COMPLETED

    1.  American Gypsy / Oksana Marafioti
    2. 40 Days to Personal Revolution / Baron Baptiste
    3. Dream More / Dolly Parton
    4. The Information Diet / Clay A. Johnson
    5. Light On Yoga / B.K.S. Iyengar
    6. Frontera / Rick Bayless

    7. Digital Barbarism /Mark Helprin

    8. Salvage and Demolition /

      Tim Powers

    9. The City of Devi /

      Manil Suri

    10. Future Scenarios / David Holmgren
    11. Learned Optimism /Martin Seligman
    12. The Searchers / Glenn Frankel
    13. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia / Mohsin Hamid
    14. The Next Time You See Me / Holly Goddard Jones
    15. Give Me Everything You Have / James Lasdun
    16. The Dinner / Herman Koch
    17. Primal Leadership / Daniel Goleman
    18. Banished / Lauren Drain
    19. Tenth of December / George Saunders
    20. Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking / Carla Kelly
    21. The Woman Upstairs / Claire Messud
    22. Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating / Erik Marcus
    23. Sugar in the Blood / Andrea Stuart
    24. Ordinary Genius / Kim Addonizio
    25. Being Vegan / Joanne Stepaniak
    26. Sapphire Blue / Kerstin Gier
    27. The Humanity Project / Jean Thompson
    28. More or Less / Jeff Shinabarger
    29. Digital Disconnect / Robert W. McChesney
    30. The Handheld Library / Thomas A. Peters and Lori Bell, eds.
    31. Go Big Or Go Home / Kat Von D
    32. Snapper / Brian Kimberling
    33. The Other Typist / Suzanne Rindell
    34. Vital Yoga / Meta Chaya Hirschl
    35. My Life as a White Trash Zombie / Diana Rowland
    36. Bird by Bird / Anne Lamott
    37. 11/22/63 / Stephen King
    38. Writing Without Teachers / Peter Elbow
    39. Balance Your Life, Balance The Scale / Jennifer Tuma-Young
    40. Red-Headed Stepchild / Jaye Wells
    41. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock / Matthew Quick
    42. The Shining Girls / Lauren Beukes
    43. For A Song and a Hundred Songs / Liao Yiwu
    44. Wartime Kiss / Alexander Nemerov
    45. The Dark Side of the Enlightenment / John V. Fleming
    46. Incarnadine / Mary Szybist
    47. 12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn / James Proimos
    48. Geek Wisdom / Stephen H. Segal, ed.
    49. Vegan Deli / Joanne Stepaniak
    50. Report From Planet Midnight / Nalo Hopkinson

Peek-A-Book 2013 Women Challenge — Wonder Woman Level (16+ books) COMPLETED

  1. Arcadia / Lauren Groff
  2. How Should A Person Be? / Sheila Heti
  3. Ruby Red / Kerstin Gier
  4. Alice Bliss / Laura Harrington
  5. Healing Spaces / 

    Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.

  6. Calling Me Home / 

    Julie Kibler

  7. Yoga Bitch / Suzanne Morrison

  8. What Kids Really Want That Money Can’t Buy / Betsy Taylor

  9. You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap) / 

    Tammy Strobel

  10. The Selection / Kiera Cass

  11. Code Name Verity / Elizabeth Wein
  12. There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband and He Hanged Himself / Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  13. Simple Days / Marlene A. Schiwy
  14. Counter Clockwise / Ellen Langer
  15. We Can Cook / Jessica Fishman Levenson
  16. Revenge / Yoko Ogawa

Wishlist Challenge 2013 COMPLETED

  1. Crash Course in Cataloging for Non-Catalogers /Allison G. Kaplan
  2. Frugal Luxuries / Tracey McBride
  3. An Enlarged Heart / Cynthia Zarin
  4. Detroit / Charlie LeDuff
  5. The Fault in Our Stars / John Green
  6. Pound Foolish / Helaine Olen
  7. Sticks and Stones / Emily Bazelon
  8. To Save Everything, Click Here / Evgeny Morozov
  9. Vegan Family Meals / Ann Gentry
  10. What is Stephen Harper Reading? / Yann Martel
  11. Is It Me or My Adrenals? / Marcelle Pick
  12. Clockwork Princess  / Cassandra Clare

Other Books Read in 2013

  1. The First Part Last / Angela Johnson
  2. Skinny Bitch Bakery / Kim Barnouin
  3. The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook / Joanne Stepaniak
  4. Authentic Chinese Cuisine / Bryanna Clark Grogan
  5. The New Soy Cookbook / Lorna Sass
  6. Mug’ems: Soups & Breads / CQ Products
  7. Tofu Cookery / Louise Hagler
  8. The Boy in the Suitcase / Lene Kaaberbol and Agnette Friis
  9. In the Bleak Midwinter / Julia Spencer-Fleming
  10. A Fountain Filled With Blood / Julia Spencer-Fleming
  11. After Iris / Natasha Farrant
  12. Reign of Error / Diane Ravitch
  13. Longbourn / Jo Baker
  14. At the Wall of the Almighty / Farnoosh Moshiri
  15. Servants / Lucy Lethbridge
  16. The Odyssey / Homer, trans. Stephen Mitchell
  17. Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats / Debbie Adler
  18. The Flying Brownie / Shirley Fan
  19. Vegan Slow Cooking / Kathy Hester
  20. The First Muslim / Lesley Hazleton
  21. Gourmet Gifts / Dinah Corley
  22. Mug ‘Ems: Sweet Things
  23. The Apartment / Greg Baxter
  24. Daughter / asha bandele
  25. Out of the Deep I Cry / Julia Spencer-Fleming
  26. Eleanor and Park / Rainbow Rowell
  27. This is How You Lose Her / Jumot Diaz
  28. Make Me Do Things / Victoria Redel
  29. Spider Woman’s Daughter / Anne Hillerman
  30. Vegan Slow Cooking for Two, or Just For You / Kathy Hester

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