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cedar trees in a row in the setting sun

Cedars in The Afternoon Sun

1/366 of my Project 366 2020 photography project. Think I said project enough? Thought the cedars lining one side of my yard looked really pretty in the setting sun, so I got a picture.

Camera: NIKON D5600 ƒ/5.6 1/125 35mm ISO320 + Vibrant filter, cropping & contrast in Photoshop Express.

cedar trees in a row in the setting sun
Cedars in the Afternoon
What I read today for my various challenges and projects

Harvard Classics: Franklin’s Advice for the New Year
“Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve”-was one of the rules for success framed by America’s first “self-made” man. Read from FRANKLIN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY Vol. 1, pp. 79-85
Essay: “The Great Conversation” by Robert Hutchins
Short Story: “From the Diary of Sherlock Holmes” by Maurice Baring
Poem: closet with the letter ‘d’ on either end by Atom Atkinson  + New Year’s Day by Kim Addonizio
Simple Abundance: “A Transformative Year of Delight and Discovery” in Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

2020 Plans & Goals

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2019 In Review

Looking back, whoof. Lots of ideas, but Real Life has a way of kicking in. I have managed to reach (or nearly, I have two books left to read for my 2019 G.R. Challenge) at least one goal this year: 52 books in a year. But in my defense, my daughter graduated H.S. in May and started college in August. She is a commuter and does not drive yet, so I’m the driver. I’ve been averaging 100 miles six days a week, as she also has a job on the weekends at school as part of her work-study. But the new semester is coming up, so adjustments ahoy!

Blog wise, I’ve had some awesome numbers, and hopefully, next year will be even better, especially with more consistent blogging. I had to swap hosting earlier this month, which was a minor headache as I needed to iron out a few oddities, but my backups (including the databases) saved the day and made it easier for me and Dreamhost.

As for my reading challenges? I bought some books for them, and found a bunch at the library, but I have not finished any book that was on the reading challenge list. Oops. I’m going to give them another go this year, and possibly eyeball the 2020 Popsugar, Book Riot & Reading Women reading challenges this year. And be a lot more strict with my reading.

Reading List

Classics Club Reading List

  1. Alcott, Louisa May: Jo’s Boys
  2. Alcott, Louisa May: Little Men
  3. Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women
  4. Anonymous: One Thousand and One Nights
  5. Apuleius, Lucius: The Golden Ass
  6. Cavendish, Margaret: The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World
  7. Hamilton, Edith: Mythology 
  8. Hamilton, Edith: The Greek Way
  9. Lofting, Hugh: Doctor Doolittle (Series)
  10. Sidney, Margaret: The Complete Five Little Peppers (Series, my copy is an omnibus of all the novels)

Well-Educated Mind Reading List – Novels

  1. Miguel de Cervantes – Don Quixote (1605)
  2. John BunyanPilgrim’s Progress (1679)
  3. Jonathan SwiftGulliver’s Travels (1726)
  4. Jane AustenPride & Prejudice (1815)
  5. Charles DickensOliver Twist (1838)
  6. Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre (1847)
  7. Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter (1850)
  8. Herman MelvilleMoby-Dick (1851)
  9. Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom’s Cabin (1851)
  10. Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary (1857)
  11. Fyodor Dostoevsky- Crime and Punishment (1866)
  12. Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina (1877)
  13. Thomas HardyThe Return of the Native (1878)
  14. Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady (1881)
  15. Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
  16. Stephen CraneThe Red Badge of Courage (1895)
  17. Joseph ConradHeart of Darkness (1902)
  18. Edith WhartonThe House of Mirth (1905)
  19. F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby (1925)
  20. Virginia WoolfMrs. Dalloway (1925)
  21. Franz KafkaThe Trial (1925)
  22. Richard WrightNative Son (1940)
  23. Albert CamusThe Stranger (1942)
  24. George Orwell1984 (1949)
  25. Ralph EllisonInvisible Man (1952)
  26. Saul BellowSeize the Day (1956)
  27. Gabriel García MárquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  28. Italo CalvinoIf on a winter’s night a traveler (1972)
  29. Toni MorrisonSong of Solomon (1977)
  30. Don DeLilloWhite Noise (1985)
  31. A. S. ByattPossession (1990)
  32. Cormac McCarthyThe Road (2006) [link]

2019 Reading Challenges

  1. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  2. The Viking’s Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians’ Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003 by Widad Akreyi
  3. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  4. Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
  5. The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
  6. The Diamond: A Novel by Julie Baumgold
  7. What Child is This?: An Ellie Kent Mystery by Alice K. Boatwright
  8. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  9. The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
  10. The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin
  11. Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
  12. The Martian by Andy Weir [link]

Vulture Top 100 of the 21st Century So Far List

  1. The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt
  2. The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
  3. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro [link]

How To Read a Book List

  1. Homer (9th Century B.C.?) – Iliad & Odyssey
  2. The Old Testament 
  3. Aeschylus (c.525-456 B.C.) – Tragedies
  4. Sophocles (c.495-406 B.C.) – Tragedies
  5. Herodotus (c.484-425 B.C.) – History
  6. Euripides (c.485-406 B.C.) – Tragedies (esp. MedeaHippolytusThe Bacchae)
  7. Thucydides (c.460-400 B.C.) – History of the Peloponnesian War
  8. Gilgamesh 
  9. Egyptian Book of the Dead [link]

A Lifetime’s Reading—Ward

  1. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) – Complete Works
  2. Plato (c. 429-347 BC) – Apology, Crito, Phaedo
  3. Vaclav Havel (b. 1936) – The Garden Party, The Memorandum
  4. Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120 AD) – Annals, Histories
  5. Ondra Lysohorsky (b. 1905) – Selected Poems
  6. Ernst Hans Gombrich (b. 1909) – The Story of Art
  7. Poem Into Poem: World Poetry in Modern Verse Translation
  8. Pierre Abélard (1079-1143) and Héloïse (1101-1164) – Letters, Historia Calamitatum of Abélard [link]

Misc & Bonus

  1. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  2. The Price of Salt – Patricia Highsmith
  3. Quantum: A Thriller – Patricia Cornwall
  4. The Tiger’s Daughter –  K. Arsehault Riveria
  5. The Vine Witch –  Luanne G. Smith
  6. Personal Choice (24) [104 books in total]

Other Reading Projects

  1. The Harvard Classics in 15 minutes
  2. Ray Bradbury Trio – 1 Essay, Poem, & Short story daily
  3. Finish Reading My Currently Reading in GoodReads (45 books, some of which include books already listed [13 books already mentioned] )
  4. Read more books out of my comfort zone
  5. Read more books that make me think
  6. Read more happily ever afters

2020 Blog Plans & Goals

  1. More regular posts, aiming to post at least once a week, in the beginning, upping to three times a week by this time next year. I have a handful of post drafts right now, working on more, which also includes discussing what I’ve read in my reading lists.
  2. More photographs, aiming for a daily post. I have a new DSLR now, and it’s part of my project for 2020 to learn how to use it.
Reading Slumps and Getting Behind on The #TBR | TL Wright | A Bookish Life

Reading Slumps and Getting Behind on the #TBR

Reading Slumps and Getting Behind on The #TBR | TL Wright | A Bookish Life

Reading Slumps, or my Travails Therein

I’ve had a lovely reading slump, as in I have barely opened any books, despite what my Goodreads account says.

Lots of life has happened. My daughter graduated from high school. My insomnia got weird (chronic & under treatment) which meant I didn’t have the energy to read & analyze books, which was my intention with doing reviews. Then I remembered I hated doing book reviews in school and that’s transferred to now. I legit sat down and tried to re-read Widows of Malabar Hill to write a review and I did everything but read the book (which I already read and enjoyed). Executive dysfunction is awesome! Especially if you have a blog you are trying to get going. So, that has also been a Thing.

Getting Behind on the #TBR

Which leads me to the whole getting behind on the list. I have a goal set in Goodreads to read 75 books this year, which I thought was doable since last year I did ~100 books and per Goodreads, I am “behind” by 34 books.

It’s not a race to read books, and I’ll catch up. I read fairly fast (~100 pages an hour) and I have a bunch of great books queued up on my e-reader and my Kindle app.

Other Updates

I recently posted a new book list: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life Changing List. I wanted a pretty, easy to use list of the books listed, so I transcribed the titles and authors of the books mentioned from my own copy of the book. I’m making a binder and an Evernote notebook of various lists I’ve collected just so I can remember my book list when I hit up bookstores.

I have some posts planned for August and September: making a reading plan (which I really should do); some genre primers on my fave book genres; and discussing books that talk about books and reading, one of my book collecting focus areas.

Why I removed a Book from my #TBR

Why I’ve Removed a Book From my #TBR

I had Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens as a Debut Novel to read on my Popsugar Reading Challenge List (which I dearly hope I can get to finishing up but that is another post) but reading this Slate article has made me leery of reading it, and I don’t think it’ll be something I’ll enjoy.

EDIT: I’ve found an old New Yorker article (2010) about Delia Owen & her husband, and it’s just adding to my uncomfortable feeling about the author.

So instead of the book, I’ve picked more that would work, one of which was already on my Popsugar list. I’m basing my picks from Electric Lit, Book Riot, and Read It Forward.

Replacement Options

  • Sugar Run by Mesha Maren – Queer Southern Noir
  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson – Cold War Spy Thriller with a black, female intelligence officer
  • Bangkok Wakes in the Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad – Stories set in Bangkok. I’m interested in Thailand as my step-mother is an immigrant from there.
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes- A cute looking romance between a recently widowed woman and her late husband’s best friend
  • Enchante by Gita Trelease – A woman relies on petty magic to survive after she’s orphaned, then must go to Paris after her savings are stolen.
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto – a girl runs away to find the Phoenix Riders of old in order to save her country
  • The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray – When a family matriarch and her husband are arrested, it’s up to her sisters to figure out what happened.
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – A princess who’s tried to avoid her responsibilities is now Queen, after her father’s murder. She is willing to do whatever it takes to find out who killed her father.
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – a girl disguises herself as a man in order to feed her family, until she meets the Prince of Death.
  • Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk – I am a sucker for retellings of Robin Hood and this looks to be excellent.
January 2019 Wrap-up & February Plans for TL Wright | A Bookish Blog

January 2019 Wrap-Up

Posts in January

[wrap-up-posts date=”January 2019″]

In Review

So in review, I’ve made a lot of lists for 2019 and started posting in general. Next month I’m going to work on being a bit more consistent and not have clumps of posts.

February plans are doing some reviews of books and trying to post at least once a week. I hope to also start a newsletter, once I’ve nailed down a format and content just for the newsletter.

January 2019 Wrap-up & February Plans for TL Wright | A Bookish Blog
Book Tracking & Nerdery @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life

Book Tracking & Nerdery

I’m very proud to admit I am a nerd about books. And tracking, though I am not very consistent. Yet. That’s one of my goals this year is to be more consistent in tracking what I’ve read, so I’m going to share my methods in book tracking as a way to keep me accountable.

My Methods

So along with my Goodreads account, I’m using a notebook and a book tracking spreadsheet. It’s copied from Book Riot’s spreadsheet with the addition of some more granular genres and the challenges I’m doing this year. I’m still fixing up the formulas, as they don’t really fill down correctly in the cells, so I have to do them manually. That’s a lot of formulas and I’ve already gotten cross-eyed once today.

I’m still figuring out exactly what I want to put in my journal, but I’m starting out with some reading lists: my classics list, and a couple of others, so I have the fun of crossing them off when I’ve read them. Or put a nice red mark for DNF.

As more keeping track of the books I have, I use a combo of Calibre, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. Well, my LibraryThing is a mess right now. I did an import, and none of them kept their covers, so I’m having to back and edit. And there’s a lot in there whoops. So right now, Calibre & GoodReads are much easier to use.

I buy my books from Amazon & Google Play Books mostly, with FeedBooks as a secondary source of nicely formatted public domain books.

For my e-reader, I use Moon+Pro after I’ve converted my ebooks to epub. I keep the original version + the epub version and use calibre to manage the device. I just had to tell it where to put the books, and Moon+ does the rest. I do wish Moon+ does LastName, FirstName sort of authors names, as it’s a bit weird to look for Jane Austen in the J’s and not A’s.

The notebook is also new to me this year in my book tracking. I’ve bounced around looking at bujo setups and wishing I could draw like the ones I’ve seen on Pinterest or Instagram, but finally found a really pretty hardbound notebook with ruled pages. My writing starts climbing mountains if I don’t have a line to write on.

The first few pages are for the index, then I started numbering the pages from 1 after the index. It’s been a while since I did much of anything long hand so it’s going to be slow going getting my reading lists in my journal.

Additional Readings & Links

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A little Friday fun, lol. I got a box from Amazon yesterday full of goodies. A birthday gift to myself (and a replacement for a lost tool for my vacuum cleaner but shh, that’s not nearly as fun as books)

I’m excited to start! I ordered I Have A Dream/Also A Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich, and last, but not least, The Widows of Malabar Hill: A Mystery of 1920s India by Sujata Massey and they arrived yesterday. Josie was very interested in helping me open the box, but I didn’t get a picture. Woe. But he does love the new box to sit in.

In the #TBR pile, not counting the new books, I have my e-reader, an Asus Z380M, and I use calibre to manage it, along with MoonReader + Pro, the Amazon Kindle app, and Google Play Books. I put all of my ebooks in calibre and use MoonReader to read, but buy via the apps.

Besides the tablet, I have Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed, Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka, Rebel Rising by Beth Revis, Lock In by John Scalzi, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi, and The Lost Colony by John Scalzi, and Dust by Elizabeth Bear. Rounding out the list is The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You’ve Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer.

My nightstand’s not free from the pile of books, either. All but one are for dipping in and out as I try to get in the habit of not reading a screen just before bed. Insomnia’s really hard to fix. Books in the nightstand are:  Sailing The Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill, How To Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, A Lifetime’s Reading: Five Hundred Books to Read in a Lifetime by Phillip Ward, Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rosseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World by David Denby, The New Lifetime Reading Plan: The Classic Guide to World Literature, Revised and Expanded by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major, and The Western Canon: The Books and School of Ages by Harold Bloom. HTRAB is waiting for me to sit down and take notes on, and the rest are all dip in and out of for reading ideas. They are all very heavy on white male writers, but useful anyway. I’ll have a longer post on those books at a later point in the year.

The Scalzi books and the Elizabeth bear book along with my nightstand books are re-reads and everything else linked is new to me. I’ve had the Star Wars books for over a year now, time to read. I’m dipping in and out of 1,000 Books and  The Well-Educated Mind, the first for book ideas, the second to learn how to educate myself. I’ll be discussing that project at a later point as well.

What’s in your TBR piles? And how do you like to manage them?

2019 Reading Challenges List of Books @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life

2019 Reading Challenges Reading List

2019 Reading Challenges List of Books @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life

In an effort to have an organized reading list, I made a spreadsheet of all the prompts in the various reading challenges I’m a part of this year then threw the entire thing in a google doc just to see how nicely it’ll print.

I got the idea from this Google Sheets spreadsheet, but I did a little editing. I did use some of the suggestions for my own list as they sounded really interesting.

There are 152 prompts on the list with 34 extra options. Not all the prompts have a choice in them and will be filled once I find the book to fit. Those will be edited in when I’ve made my choice, and I’ll also edit in the book I chose for the prompts with multiple options.


Challenge Prompt

Choice 1

Choice 2

Choice 3

Choice 4


BR 1

An epistolary novel or collection of letters

The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster


BR 2

An alternate history novel

Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove

Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


BR 3

A book by a woman and/or POC that won a literary award in 2018

The Art of Death by Edwidge Danicat

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk


BR 4

A humor book

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck


BR 5

A book by a journalist or about journalism

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young


BR 6

A book by an POC set in or about space

Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu

BR 7

An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez, trans. by Elizabeth Bryer

Leaving Tabasco by Carmen Boullosa


BR 8

An #ownvoices book set in Oceania

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera


BR 9

A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads

The Diamond: A Novel by Julie Baumgold


BR 10

A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson


BR 11

A book of manga

A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori

The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki


BR 12

A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


BR 13

A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


BR 14

A cozy mystery

What Child is This?: An Ellie Kent Mystery by Alice K. Boatwright

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett


BR 15

A book of mythology or folklore (PS 12, RW 13)

Circe by Madeline Miller

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


BR 16

An historical romance by an AOC

In The Midst of Winter by Isabella Allende

The Beautiful Ones by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia


BR 17

A business book

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou


BR 18

A novel by a trans or nonbinary author

The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang


BR 19

A book of nonviolent true crime

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich

The Library Book by Susan Orlen


BR 20

A book written in prison

De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Other Writings by Oscar Wilde

Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.


BR 21

A comic by an LGBTQIA creator

Strong Female Protagonist by Molly Ostertag

Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel


BR 22

A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Vol 1 edited by Arigon Starr


BR 23

A self-published book

The Martian by Andy Weir


BR 24

A collection of poetry published since 2014

Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith


PS 1

A book becoming a movie in 2019

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


PS 2

A book that makes you nostalgic


PS 3

A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)

Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide by Darryl McDaniels

Creative Quest by Ahmir Questlove Thompson


PS 4

A book you think should be turned into a movie

Granted by John David Anderson   

PS 5

A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads

1984 by George Orwell


PS 6

A book with a plant in the title or on the cover

The book of Memory by Petina Gappah


PS 7

A reread of a favorite book

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster


PS 8

A book about a hobby

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson


PS 9

A book you meant to read in 2018

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno


PS 10

A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title

No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty


PS 11

A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover


PS 12

A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore (BR 15, PS 15, RW 13)

Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Circe by Madeline Miller


PS 13

A book published posthumously

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


PS 14

A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


PS 15

A retelling of a classic

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler {retelling of The Taming of the Shrew}

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal {retelling of Pride and Predjudice}

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma {twist on the Odyssey}


PS 16

A book with a question in the title

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe


PS 17

A book set on college or university campus

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl


PS 18

A book about someone with a superpower

Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee


PS 19

A book told from multiple POVs

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth


PS 20

A book set in space (BR 6)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor


PS 21

A book by two female authors

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele


PS 22

A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller


PS 23

A book set in Scandinavia

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman


PS 24

A book that takes place in a single day

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds


PS 25

A debut novel



PS 26

A book that’s published in 2019

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Children by Anissa Gray


PS 27

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature

Animals of a Bygone Era by Maja Säfström


PS 28

A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

Becoming by Michelle Obama


PS 29

A book with LOVE in the title

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean


PS 30

A book featuring an amateur detective (BR 14)

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

What Child is This? An Ellie Kent Mystery by Alice K. Boatwright

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett


PS 31

A book about a family

Please Look After my Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin, Chi-Young Kim (Translator)


PS 32

A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America

Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna


PS 33

A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title

Aries by Rachel Medhurst


PS 34

A book that includes a wedding

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


PS 35

A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota


PS 36

A ghost story

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


PS 37

A book with a two-word title

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland


PS 38

A novel based on a true story

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig


PS 39

A book revolving around a puzzle or game

The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers {chess in Uganda}


PS 40

Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge

Circe by Madeline Miller


PS+ 1

A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book

Archipelago by Monique Roffey

American War by Omar El Akkad


PS+ 2

A “choose-your-own-adventure” book

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris


PS+ 3

An “own voices” book (BR 7/8)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


PS+ 4

Read a book during the season it is set in

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


PS+ 5

A LitRPG book

Mass Effect: Initiation by N.K. Jemisin


PS+ 6

A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin


PS+ 7

Two books that share the same title

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Salt by Nayyirah Wheed


PS+ 8

Two books that share the same title

Great Expectations by Kathy Acker

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky


PS+ 9

A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom

The Princess Bride by William Goldman


PS+ 10

A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough


RW 1

A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon


RW 2

A book about a woman with a mental illness

Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher


RW 3

A book by an author from Nigeria or New Zealand

The Bone People by Keri Hulme


RW 4

A book about or set in Appalachia

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg


RW 5

A children’s book (BR 22)


RW 6

A multigenerational family saga

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


RW 7

A book featuring a woman in science

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall


RW 8

A play

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


RW 9

A novella

Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold


RW 10

A book about a woman athlete

Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summit with Sally Jenkins


RW 11

A book featuring a religion other than your own

The Viking’s Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians’ Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003 by Widad Akreyi


RW 12

A Lambda Literary Award winner

Hunger by Roxane Gay


RW 13

A myth retelling (BR 15, PS 12, RW 13)

The Just City by Jo Walton


RW 14

A translated book published before 1945

The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon


RW 15

A book written by a South Asian author

A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land by Shweta Ganesh Kumar


RW 16

A book by an Indigenous woman

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse


RW 17

A book from the 2018 Reading Women Award shortlist

Educated by Tara Westover


RW 18

A romance or love story (B16)

In The Midst of Winter by Isabella Allende


RW 19

A book about nature

Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer


RW 20

A historical fiction book

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey


RW 21

A book you bought or borrowed in 2019


RW 22

A book you picked up because of the cover


RW 23

Any book from a series

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


RW 24

A young adult book by a woman of color

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


RW+ 1

BONUS: A book by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing OR Salvage the Bones


RW+ 2

BONUS: A book by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland


PingSis 1

A Book With More Than 500 Pages

The Outsider by Stephen King


PingSis 2

Book You Haven’t Read by Author You Love

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick


PingSis 3

Goodreads winner in 2018

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt


PingSis 4

You Can Read in a Day

The Firm by John Grisham


PingSis 5

Book About a Difficult Topic

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


PingSis 6

Recommended by a Friend

The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki


PingSis 7

Book That Will Make You Cry


PingSis 8

Book Published in 2009

Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente


PingSis 9

Book Becoming Movie in 2019

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


PingSis 10

A Genre You Don’t Usually Read

Elevation by Stephen King


PingSis 11

Children’s Classic

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


PingSis 12

Cover With Your Favorite Color


PingSis 13

Bought at a Thrift Store

Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings


PingSis 14

Young Adult Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


PingSis 15

First Book in a Trilogy

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin


PingSis 16

Second Book in a Trilogy

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin


PingSis 17

Third Book in a Trilogy

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin


PingSis 18

Dystopian Novel

The Stand by Stephen King


PingSis 19

Award-Winning Book

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


PingSis 20

A Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


PingSis 21

Published the Decade Before You Were Born

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough


PingSis 22

Historical Fiction From A Favorite Time Period

The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr


PingSis 23

Classic You’ve Never Read

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


PingSis 24

A Book That Will Keep You Up All Night

The Stand by Stephen King


PingSis 25

2018 Bestseller

Becoming by Michelle Obama


PingSis 26

Nonfiction Book about Science

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson


PingSis 27

Listen to an Audiobook

Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly


PingSis 28

Set in Your Home State

The Firm by John Grisham


PingSis 29

You Once Started But Never Finished

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno


PingSis 30

With a One Word Title

Hunger by Roxane Gay


PingSis 31

A Fairy Tale Retelling

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


PingSis 32

Celebrity Book Club Pick

The Library Book by Susan Orlean


PingSis 33

A Book You Read in High School

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway


PingSis 34

Business or Personal Finance Book

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou


PingSis 35

Autobiography or Memoir

Becoming by Michelle Obama


PingSis 36

Book Set in Another Country

The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon


PingSis 37

Reread a Favorite Book

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster


PingSis 38

Book by a Local Author

Death in the Family by James Agee


PingSis 39

Banned Book

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


PingSis 40

Narrative Nonfiction

Educated by Tara Westover


PingSis 41

On Your To-Read List the Longest

Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings


PingSis 42

A Book About Travel

West With The Night by Beryl Markham

A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell


PingSis 43

Popular Book You’ve Never Read

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


PingSis 44

True Crime

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury


PingSis 45

Nonfiction Bestseller

Educated by Tara Westover


PingSis 46

Science Fiction Novel

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor


PingSis 47

A Book You Own But Haven’t Read

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


PingSis 48

Recommended by a Local Librarian


PingSis 49

New Release


PingSis 50

The First Book in a Series

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


PingSis 51

Prettiest cover


PingSis 52

An Inspirational Story



Classics Club Challenge

This is an ambitious challenge but simple: anywhere from fifty to 200 books on a reading list. Five years to do it, though, which does help since many of the books I picked are door-stoppers.

I aim to feature more women writers and a wide range of eras and cultures in my list. I’ll be adding to the list as I find more but so far my list is at 124 books. Each book finished will be linked back here for easy location.

Care to join me? Check out The Classics Club for more info.

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