Friday, December 23, 2016

At least one challenge I set for myself has been accomplished!

It's been a while, hasn't it?

What happened was, I got set up to provide remote CART and captioning, and it's been busy!  Plus my new, intense addiction to the show Supernatural, plus ILCRA board activities.

But by golly, I completed the 2016 POPSugar Reading Challenge, pictured here and listed below.

A book based on a fairy tale -- Beauty, Robin McKinley
A National Book Award winner -- Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
A YA Bestseller -- Divergent, Veronica Roth
A book you haven't read since high school -- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
A book set in your home state -- Native Son, Richard Wright
A book translated to English -- King of Taksim Square, Emrah Serbes
A romance set in the future -- Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
A book set in Europe -- Secret Healer, Ellin Carsta
A book that's under 150 pages -- The Shepherd, Frederick Forsyth
A New York Times bestseller -- The Lightning Thief,  Rick Riordan
A book that's becoming a movie this year -- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling
A book recommended by someone you just met -- What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi (recommended by a wonderful staff person at Left Bank Books in St. Louis)
A self-improvement book -- The Joy of Sex, Alex Comfort 
A book you can finish in a day -- Apocalypsis: Kahayatle, Elle Casey
A book written by a celebrity -- Actors Anonymous, James Franco
A political memoir -- Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton
A book at least 100 years older than you -- The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain
A book that's more than 600 pages -- Fallout: Equestria, kkat (fanfiction is literature too)
A book from Oprah's Book Club -- The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
A science-fiction novel -- Aftermath, Chuck Wendig
A book recommended by a family member -- The Madman's Daughter, Megan Shepherd
A graphic novel -- The Time Lord Letters, Justin Richards
A book that is published in 2016 -- The Light of the Fireflies, Paul Pen
A book with by a protagonist author who has your occupation -- Out of Time, Jason Meadors
(I took a bit of liberty with this one, since CART captioners aren't that utilized as protagonists in literature that often.)
A book that takes place during summer -- Midair, Kodi Scheer
A book and its prequel -- Cole, Strangely Normal, Tess Oliver
A murder mystery -- Joyland, Stephen King
A book written by a comedian -- Yes Please, Amy Poehler
A dystopian novel -- Robinson Crusoe 2244, E.J. Robinson
A book with a blue cover -- Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
A book of poetry -- Crank, Ellen Hopkins
The first book you see in a bookstore -- My Beloved World, Sonja Sotomayor (actually the first book I saw was Living History, but since I'd read that, I went with the second book.)
A classic from the 20th century -- Great Tales of Horror, H.P. Lovecraft (took me the entire year, reading a few pages at a time right before bed)
A book from the library -- The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
An autobiography -- The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
A book about a road trip -- On the Road, Jack Kerouac
A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with -- What is the What, Dave Eggers
A satirical book -- Animal Farm, George Orwell
A book that takes place on an island -- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy -- The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, William Anderson

I think I got a pretty good mix of classic and contemporary, thought-provoking and fluff.  And it's not as time-consuming as you'd think -- 41 books in 52 weeks, so it's a little time spent away from the television, and also using "found moments" between captioning jobs or on the treadmill.

Next year's challenge has been published here.  It has 40 entries, with an additional 12 if you really want to go for it.  This was good for me -- I read books that weren't previously on my radar, got more use out of the library, and had some good entertainment as well.

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