Brandee & Linda’s Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure ~ Mid-Year Update

Posted 19 July, 2021 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 3 Comments

Here’s how we’ve done in the first half of 2021:

From the Read Harder Challenge:

  • Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read.
    I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou
  • Read a non-European novel in translation. 
  • Read a memoir by a Latinx author. 
  • Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist. 

 

From the Reading Women Challenge:

  • Read a cookbook or foodie memoir by a woman of color. 
  • Read a book by a neurodivergent author.
    Your Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • Read a book with a biracial protagonist. 
  • Read a book with a female protagonist over 50.
    Gray Hair Don’t Care by Karen Booth. (The heroine is 47 at the beginning, but over 50 within the novel.)
  • Read a book by Leila Aboulela. 

 

From the RAD Reading Challenge:

  • Read a book of poetry. 
  • Read a book with a one word title.
    Majesty by Katherine McGee
    Jett by Sawyer Bennett
  • Read a backlist book from a fav author.

 

From the Beyond the Bookends Reading Challenge:

  • Read an #OWNVoices book. 
  • Read a story set in a location you’d like to travel to. 
  • Read a story with an unreliable narrator. 

 

From the Alphabet Soup Author Edition Reading Challenge:

  • Read a book by an author with F at the beginning of their first or last name.
    The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon
  • Read a book by an author with Q at the beginning of their first or last name. 
  • Read a book by an author with Z at the beginning of their first or last name. 

 

From the Book Voyage Reading Challenge:

  • Read a book set in India or by an Indian author.
    Dead Money by Srinath Adiga
  • Read a book set in China or by a Chinese author. 
  • Read a book set in Africa or by an African author. 
  • Read a book set in Australia or by an Australian author.
  • Read a book set in New Zealand or by a Kiwi author.
    The Last Guard by Nalini Singh
  • Read a book set in Hawaii or by a Hawaiian author.

 

From the Award Reading Challenge:

  • Read a National Book Award winning book.
    Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward AND The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnero
  • Read a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize Award winning book.
    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

 

From the Epistolary Reading Challenge:

  • Read a book written in the form of letters, emails, diaries, blogs, etc. 

 

From the Pretty Mess Reading Challenge:

  • Read a book by a debut author. 
  • Read a book in a genre you don’t normally read. 
  • Read a book on a controversial topic.
    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Read a Goodreads 2020 award winner.

 

From the Back to the Classics Challenge:

  • Read a classic by an author you haven’t read before
    The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Read a classic you have always wanted to read

 

From the Color Coded Challenge:

  • Read a book where the color of the cover (or the color mentioned in the title) is purple
    The Hate Project by Kris Ripper
  • Read a book where the color of the cover (or the color mentioned in the title) is green
    The Auction by Tiffany Reisz

 

From the New (to you) Narrator Challenge:

  • Listen to a book where the narrator is one you haven’t encountered before.
    The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, narrated by Steven Crossley

 

From Linda’s imagination:

  • Brandee should read a book set in either Norway or Switzerland  – or a book written by either a Swiss or a Norwegian author.
  • Linda should read a book set in either Colorado or Texas – or a book written by either a Texas-based or a Denver-based author (that she hasn’t read before).
  • Buddy-read one book each month of 2021

 

Do you have any excellent reading challenges we should add to our adventure? We’re always open to suggestions, and challenges are always fun!

 

 

Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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