2017 Reading Challenges

Another year, another set of reading challenges. Yay! Although I rarely finish my challenges, they are worth it simply for participating, for reading just one book out of my comfort zone, for saving one older book from being forgotten on the TBR pile. This year, I am only doing challenges I’ve done before and I’ve set my reading goals a bit lower.

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Fairy Tale Retellings Challenge

Just like last year, I want to read some of the fairy tale retellings I keep buying. I’m going for an achievable goal, so 5-8 books. Here’s a few I’ve been wanting to read for a while, although I have many more on my TBR and may – as always – change my mind as the year goes on.

  1. fairy-tale-fantasyEmma Donoghue – Kissing the Witch
  2. S. L. Huang – The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist
  3. Alethea Kontis – Trixter
  4. Katherine Arden – The Bear and the Nightingale
  5. Austin Chant – Peter Darling
  6. Nancy Springer – Fair Peril
  7. Mercedes M. Yardley – Pretty Little Dead Girls
  8. Carolyn Turgeon – Godmother
  9. McCormick Templeman – The Glass Casket
  10. Zoe Marriott – Shadows on the Moon
  11. Pamela Dean – Tam Lin
  12. Esther Dalseno – Drown
  13. Amy Harmon – The Bird and the Sword
  14. Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe – The Starlit Wood
  15. T. Kingfisher – Bryony and Roses

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New Books of 2017

I’m nominating and voting for the Hugos again, so reading new books is a must! This year, I’ll even be at Worldcon and get to witness the whole thing live. I am so excited. Although we’ll be nominating and voting for books published in 2016 and I still need to catch up on those, I want to read new books of 2017 as well because I don’t intend to stop participating in the Hugo Awards anytime soon.

  1. 2017-new-sffMarissa Meyer – Wires & Nerve
  2. Stephanie Garber – Caraval
  3. Elle Katherine White – Heartstone
  4. Katherine Arden – The Bear and the Nightingale
  5. S. Jae-Jones – Wintersong
  6. N. K. Jemisin -The Stone Sky
  7. Caitlín R. Kiernan – Agents of Dreamland
  8. Rin Chupeco – The Bone Witch
  9. Susan Dennard – Windwitch
  10. Catherynne M. Valente – The Glass Town Game
  11. Catherynne M. Valente – Matryoshka
  12. Catherynne M. Valente – The Refrigerator Monologues
  13. Jason M. Hough – Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising
  14. Catherynne M. Valente – Mass Effect: Annihilation
  15. Vic James – Gilded Cage
  16. Julie C. Dao – Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

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Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color

I didn’t take enough care last year to look at what I was reading. I’ve never picked my books by the author or any of the author’s attributes – I only read stuff I’m actually interested in. But considering that I already own a ton of SFF books by authors of color, it is shocking at how few I’ve read lately. So this year, let’s make an effort to look at these books and not just the ones that pop up in my mind immediately because they had a huge marketing budget.

  1. 2017-speculative-fiction-by-authors-of-colorZoraida Córdova – Labyrinth Lost
  2. Helen Oyeyemi – What is Not Yours is Not Yours
  3. Nnedi Okorafor – Binti: Home
  4. S. Jae-Jones – Wintersong
  5. N. K. Jemisin – The Obelisk Gate
  6. N. K. Jemisin – The Stone Sky
  7. Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Signal to Noise
  8. Kazuo Ishiguro – The Buried Giant
  9. Roshani Chokshi – The Star-Touched Queen
  10. Nahoko Uehashi – Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
  11. Karin Lowachee – Burndive
  12. Yoss – Super Extra Grande
  13. Ayize Jama-Everett – The Liminal People
  14. Saša Stanišić – Vor dem Fest (Before the Feast)

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Read Around the World

2017-read-around-the-worldBecause I have been neglecting this ongoing challenge of mine for too long, I want to read at least 5 books in 2017 that take place in different parts of the world. The goal is mostly to read stories set outside the US and UK, even if the setting is fictional and only inspired by real world places.

  1. Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows
  2. Katherine Arden – The Bear and the Nightingale
  3. Laini Taylor – Lips Touch: Three Times
  4. Silvia Moreno García – Signal to Noise
  5. Madeline Miller – Song of Achilles
  6. Heidi Heilig – The Girl From Everywhere
  7. Midori Snyder – The Innamorati

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Goodreads Reading Challenge

Let’s not kid ourselves here. I will never ever be able to resist the Goodreads challenge even though it’s silly and makes me read tons of short books at the end of the year.

  • Books to read: 84
  • Pages to read: 21.000

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 I also made myself this bingo card because why not?

I’ll cross things off as I read books that fit the criteria. The plan is to finish the entire Bingo card but I’ll settle for one Bingo if I have to. If anyone wants to join in, feel free to use the Bingo card on your blog.

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And here are my Bingo reviews:

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SUB-Listen-Wettbewerb

The ever leaning Pile of Unread Books (German: Stapel ungelesener Bücher – SUB) can be quite overwhelming sometimes. In order to not forget about older books in favor of new releases, the German book forum Literaturschock invites their members to join in the annual SUB-Listen-Wettbewerb (TBR-List-Contest).

The rules are simple: Pick 10 books you already own that you are going to read and review during the coming year.

Sounds like nothing, right? Well, it’s harder than it seems. The hostesses are always very creative when choosing the challenge criteria. You compile a list of 10 books from your TBR that you are going to read. But they have to fulfil certain criteria such as: an animal on the cover, the protagonist is an orphan, the story is set during a specific time period, and so on. You start reading on January 1st and if you’ve managed to read and review every one of your ten books by the end of December 31st, you may win a prize. Plus, eternal glory of course.

This year, I went for one list of 10 books and one of 5 books. The first criteria I picked – one for each list of 5 –  were “Frankenstein’s Monster” (the covers have to show different body parts) and “Read Around the World” (stories set in different places). For my second list, I chose books that will be published in 2017 and that I definitely want to read:

 Helen Oyeyemi What is Not Yours is Not Yours
 Mishell Baker  Borderline
 Alethea Kontis Trixter
 Pamela Dean Tam Lin
 Molly Tanzer Vermilion
 Silvia Moreno-Garcia Signal to Noise
 Stephanie Burgis Congress of Secrets
 Nahoko Uehashi Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
 Laini Taylor Lips Touch: Three Times
 Heidi Heilig The Girl From Everywhere
 Marissa Meyer Wires and Nerve (Graphic Novel)
 Catherynne M. Valente The Refrigerator Monologues
 Susan Dennard Windwitch
 S. Jae-Jones Wintersong
 V. E. Schwab A Conjuring of Light

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