Since it’s 2017, and I’ve talked to you all about my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions, My Favorite (and Least-Favorite) Books of 2016, as well as my last Monthly Wrap-Up of the year, I thought it was time to introduce y’all to a reading challenge that I’m going to be a part of. This challenge is called the 2017 Travelling the Pages Reading Challenge, which was created by Books For Thought and Alice’s Book Vault. The information about the challenge is on both of their blog links I linked to their names above.
There are four different levels in the challenge. The levels are:
- Beginner: complete all the square in one of the + rows. That means a minimum of four books.
- Intermediate: complete all the squares in one of the x rows. Also a minimum of four but slightly harder challenges.
- Hard: complete all the squares in two whole rows. Any rows at all! This means a minimum of eight books.
- Expert: complete all the squares! I personally think we should all aim for expert and see what happens.
So, I’ve decided that I will be striving for Expert. There are 25 squares on the bingo sheet, and my reading goal for this year is 40 books, so this should be quite easy for me to accomplish, I think. Now, let’s get to the actual challenge and the books I chose for each square.
The most difficult part with picking and choosing books would have to be the fact that NONE of them can take place in the United States. This was so difficult for me because one of the squares says ‘Books set in a place you’ve been’ and being the All-American Texan girl I am, I’ve never gone farther than Kansas or California. So I asked Chelsea from Books For Thought what I should do in this situation, and she told me that I could just choose a place I would like to visit. So that’s what I did. I also tried to choose from books that I already own, or that were already on my TBR list. Now, onto the books I chose for each topic!
A book set in South America. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
A book with an author from a different country. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
A fantasy book inspired by a real place. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
A book with a place you didn’t think you’d want to visit. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
A book set north of the equator. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
A book set in a place
you’ve been to you want to visit. After You by JoJo Moyes
A book featuring mythology. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A book set in a sunny place. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
A book that is a biography or memoir. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
A book with a character who speaks more than one language. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
A book set outside of Earth. Starflight by Melissa Landers
A historical fiction book. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Freebie! A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
A book set in a cold place. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
A post apocalyptic book. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
A book with its own made up language. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
A book set in a place you’ve never read about before. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A book set in a place you’re dying to visit. London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
A book set in two or more countries. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A book set in a city. Rook by Sharon Cameron
A book set south of the equator. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
A book published in 2017. Gilded Cage by Vic James
A book set in an Asian country. Cress by Marissa Meyer
A book set on an island. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
A book set in Africa. Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
I’m very excited for this year in reading. I’ll read some books that I’ve either been in the middle of reading for months, that have been on my shelves for ages, or new books that I’ve never heard of before. This shall be very exciting and I hope that some of y’all decide to participate in this challenge as well.