Exploreading


For 2019, I'm once again taking on a reading challenge. Some are repeats from previous challenges that I enjoy, and others are brand new additions - many thanks to other challenges out there. The main hope for 2019 is that I keep these more top of mind so that I actually 100% complete this year's challenge.

  1. A book that was released the year I was born (1982) - DONE - A is for Alibi
  2. A book set in elementary school from when I was in elementary school (90s-ish) 
  3. A book set in high school from when I was in high school (Late 90s/Early 2000s)
  4. A book set in college from when I was in college (Early 2000s) - DONE - Wurst Case Scenario
  5. A book that will be released as a movie/TV show in 2019 - DONE - The Hot Zone
  6. A book from a display at a library or bookstore
  7. A book whose main character is in her thirties
  8. An autobiography/memoir about someone in their thirties - DONE - This Will Only Hurt A Little
  9. A book I've had on my Want To Read list for more than two years - DONE - Raising Holy Hell
  10. A book that is a re-imagining/retelling of a fairy tale/classic
  11. A book set in Kansas - ideally Topeka or Manhattan - DONE - The Babysitters Coven
  12. A book that makes me feel nostalgic - DONE - The Mall
  13. A fiction book about a reality television show - DONE - The Book of Essie
  14. A "classic" book I haven't read yet
  15. A book I was assigned to read in high school
  16. A book I hear about on a podcast or TV show
  17. A book from the alternate history genre
  18. A book from a science fiction subgenre
  19. A book about books/reading - DONE - Dear Fahrenheit 451
  20. A book from a genre/in a format I don't normally read - DONE - Read On Arrival

In 2018, I reduced the number of books in my challenge. Only problem is I didn't keep it top of mind. I did still manage to knock out quite a few of these by happenstance thought!
  1. A book from the Frequently Challenged Books list - DONE - The Face on the Milk Carton
  2. A Newberry Award winner or Honor book - DONE - The One and Only Ivan
  3. A book that will be released as a movie/TV show in 2018 - DONE - Dietland by Sarai Walker
  4. A book set in Kansas City - DONE - Hearts Unbroken (Note: This was technically Lawrence/a made up Kansas town, but given I'm the curator of the challenge, it's close enough in proximity)
  5. A book from the alternate history genre
  6. A book I did not enjoy reading the first time around - DONE - The Lord of the Flies
  7. A book that was released the year I was born (1982)
  8. A book set in elementary school from when I was in elementary school (90s-ish) - DONE - Fifth Grade: Here Comes Trouble
  9. A book set in high school from when I was in high school (Late 90s/Early 2000s)
  10. A book set in college from when I was in college (Early 2000s)
  11. A book from a display at a library or bookstore - DONE - Ordinary Grace
  12. A book that has been personally recommended to me - DONE - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
  13. A book about a sport that isn't baseball or basketball - DONE - The Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War That Changed Pro Wrestling Forever
  14. A book about a TV show I've watched - DONE - Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night
  15. A book recommended from a podcast or talk show - DONE - Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
  16. A book tied to my ancestry (Note: I'll know what to read based on my AncestryDNA results!)
  17. A romance novel with a ridiculous cover and/or title
  18. A book that is a guilty pleasure read
  19. At least two books in a series I haven't read yet
  20. A book that is a devotional, reflection and/or journal
For 2017, I identified literary areas I've never ventured into and things that connect to who I am to cultivate 28 new and different opportunities for my Exploreading Challenge. I didn't complete the challenge due to a bit of a reading rut caused by one of my reads. However, when I went and did my year-end recap, I realized many of my top reads were from this challenge. So, I'll give it another go in 2018!
  1. A biography or memoir of someone I don't know much about - DONE - Lucky Bastard (Joe Buck)
  2. A biography or memoir of someone I know a lot about
  3. A book from the Frequently Challenged Books list - DONE- Anastasia Krupnik
  4. Newberry Award winner or Honor book
  5. A book that will be released as a movie/TV show in 2017 - DONE - Wonder
  6. A book I've picked because of the cover - DONE - We Are Okay
  7. A book I've picked because of the title - DONE - It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Too)
  8. A book set in Kansas
  9. A book set in Texas
  10. A book from the religious fiction genre - DONE - Redeeming Love
  11. A book from the western genre
  12. A book from the alternate history genre
  13. A book of poetry - DONE - The Princess Saves Herself In This One
  14. A book of letters/correspondence
  15. A book that is a re-imagining of a fairy tale - DONE - As Red As Blood
  16. A book I did not enjoy reading in school
  17. A microhistory - DONE - The Arm
  18. A book about a current event from the last decade
  19. A book about a historical event before 1900 - DONE - George Washington's Secret Six
  20. A book about a historical event or figure that is not well-known
  21. A book that focuses on issues related to class - DONE - Hillbilly Elegy
  22. A book about someone who works in higher education/student affairs
  23. A book that was released the year I was born (1982)
  24. A book about elementary school from when I was in elementary school (90s-ish)
  25. A book about high school from when I was in high school (Late 90s/Early 2000s)
  26. A book about college from when I was in college (Early 2000s)
  27. A book about a hobby I have and/or want to acquire
  28. A book with "life advice" I can utilize - DONE - There's No Good Card For This