reading challenges 2019


I’m joining one more challenge: the Helsinki Library’s reading challenge.

It’s non-stress and free-style challenge. It has 50 subjects but the participants are free to include as many subjects per book as they want to. I’m going to use that option and use both Pick&Mix and Mount TBR for this challenge, too. I’m also using novellas and short story collections.

The subjects:

1. The book cover has a human face on it
(read: James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero)
2. Someone is looking for a missing person or an item in the book 
(read: James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero)
3. A book from a genre you don’t usually read
4. The only book written by the author
(read: F.J. Blair: the Delivery of Flesh)
5. The book has been a nominee for a book prize in your homeland
6. A romance novel
Trish Heinrich: Fahrenheit’s Ghost
7. A book about a place you have visited
8. A book whose reading belongs to general knowledge in your opinion
(read: H. G. Wells: The Time Machine)
9. A book recommended by someone under 18 years old
Tarkastaja Akane Tsunemori (Psycho-Pass)
10. A book written by a person of colour
Aliette de Bodard: In the Vanishers’ Palace
11. A book about women’s role  in society
Mary Robinette Kowal: the Calculating Stars
12. A book connected to Great Britain
V. E. Schwab: A Darker Shade of Magic
13. A book for children or youth from your homeland
14. The author’s last name starts with the same letter as yours
Trish Heinrich: Fahrenheit’s Ghost
15. A taboo is dealt within the book /A book about a taboo
16. A story that shifts between reality and unreality
17. There are twins in the book
18. A book written by a European writer
19. You don’t like the title of the book
20. The book deals with a culture that you are not familiar with
21. A book written by a celebrity
22. A book about climate change
23. The book title has a name of a country in it
24. Book chosen from a bookshelf with your eyes closed
25. A book from an author you have never read before
(read: F. J. Blair: the Delivery of Flesh)
26. A book that you see someone you don’t know reading
27. The book is some way based on Nordic mythology
28. There is a moon on the book cover
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29. Someone is dreaming in the book
30. The book cover has a city landscape on it
31. Someone travels by metro in the book
32. The book title has a profession in it
33. You have seen a movie based on the book
Jules Verne: The Journey to the Center of the Earth
34. The book has writings by several writers in it
Rebecca Moesta, ed: Fiction River: Superpowers
35. There is an entrepreneur or company in the book
36. Someone is alone in the book
37. A book published by a small publisher
Fiction River: Last Stand
38. A banned book
39. A book about the relationship between humans and animals
40. A book about mental health problems
41. A book about a time period you would like to live in
42. You like the name of the author
43. A book that follows the growth of a child to adulthood
Resa Nelson: Berserk
44. A book about Berlin
45. The book title has a negative in it
46. The book has a trans or non-binary character in it
47. The book has less than 100 pages
Zara Altair: The Roman Heir
48. The book has a hearing-impaired or visually impaired character in it
49. A book published in 2019
50. A book recommended by library personnel

I could use recommendations, especially for 6 (romance novel – no toxic troupes, please), 17 (twins), 19 (book whose title you don’t like – I can’t think off-hand of any, except for “Men who hate women” (the Finnish name of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Larsson and I have no interest in reading it)), 23 (title has a name of a country), 31 (Someone travels by metro), and 48 (has a hearing-impaired or visually impaired character in it).

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I’m going to join the 12th Annual Graphic Novel & Mangareading challenge for this year, too, with the same goal of Bronze Age, 24 reviews. The challenge has moved to a Facebook page.

Write a sign-up post on your blog, goodreads, facebook, etc and link to it here.

What counts: graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books or combinations of text and bubbles all in the same book. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.

My personal criteria are if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts. I also feel many picture books and zines fall under this criteria as well. I’m not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, just ask.

You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Reviews may be posted on your blog or goodreads or similar places. Several reviews may be gathered and posted in one link on your blog, but each book must be reviewed individually and linked here to count. Do not post your actual review here on the group.

Here is how the Challenge plays out:
runs from Jan.1 – Dec. 31, 2019

Levels
Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that’s only 1 book a month)
Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)
Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year (Are you addicted? 2 books a week!)
Diamond Age: read and review 208 books during the year (This one’s for you John LOL. 4 books a week!)

I’m thinking of sorting through my Wonder Woman single issues and reading them. I’ve also read a few manga collections but haven’t reviewed them. Of course, they’re published here in Finland and I’ve no idea if they’re available in English.

For a few more days, Marvel Unlimited yearly subscripion has a discount so I’m thinking of getting it again.

Comics read:
1, Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire
2, Avengers Prime
3, X-Men Gold vol. 1: Back to Basics
4, Siege
5, Battle Angel Alita, vol 1
6, Wonder Woman vol 1: Who is Wonder Woman?
7, Wonder Woman vol. 1: Blood
8, Wonder Woman vol. 2: Guts
9, Battle Angel Alita, vol 2: Tears of an Angel
10, Battle Angel Alita, vol 3: Killing Angel
11, Mr and Mrs X vol 1: Love and Marriage
12, Wonder Woman vol. 3: The Circle
13, Wonder Woman vol. 4: Ends of the Earth
14, Wonder Woman vol. 5: Rise of the Olympian
15, Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken
16, Wonder Woman vol. 6: Warkiller
17, Wonder Woman vol. 7: Contagion
18, Avengers: The Complete Celestial Madonna Saga
19, X-Men Red vol 1: The Hate Machine
20, X-Men Red vol 2: Waging Peace
21, Star Trek: TNG: Through the Mirror
22, Lady Mechanika vol 1: the Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse
23, Justice League vol. 1: The Extinction Machine
24, Superman/Fantastic Four: The Infinite destruction
25, Aquaman vol 1: Drowning
26, The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman
27, Tokyo Ghoul vol. 1
28,

I’m again joining the Pick&Mix reading challenge.

Since I’m also joined Mount TBR challenge for my print TBR books, I’m going to gather all the other books to Pick & Mix. Print books from library, or bought this year, audiobooks, and ebooks. However, I have quite a few non-traditionally published books which aren’t eligible for this challenge, so my goal is only 20 books.

Books read:
1, James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero
2, Martha Wells: Artificial condition
3, H. G. Wells: The Time Machine
4, Jules Verne: The Journey to the Center of the Earth
5, V. E. Schwab: A Darker Shade of Magic
6, Neil Clarke, ed.: The Final Frontier
7, Greg Cox: Q-Zone
8, Greg Cox: Q-Strike
9, Tanya Huff: Enchantment Emporium
10, Genevieve Cogman: The Mortal Word
11, S. A. Chakraborty: The City of Brass
12, Michael Jan Friedman: Star Trek: TNG: Planet X
13, Martha Wells: Rogue Protocol
14, Aliette de Bodard: On Red Station, Drifting
15, Aliette de Bodard: In the Vanishers’ Palace
16,

I enjoyed the Mount TBR challenge last year and managed to reach my goal of 24 books. But I still have lots and lots of unread books so I’m going to
join Mount TBR 2019 with the same goal of 24 books.

Like last year, I’m adding my Fiction River e-books and StoryBundle e-books into the TBR pool in addition to the physical copies but not audiobooks even though I have still unlistened audiobooks from last year.

The Rules:

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you’re on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade. All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2019.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2019. No library books~. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see my new Virtual Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that.

Books read:
1, Rebecca Moesta, ed: Fiction River: Superpowers
2, James S. A. Corey: Abaddon’s Gate
3, Elizabeth Peters: Trojan Gold
4, Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tanar of Pellucidar
5, Alis S. Rasmussen: The Labyrinth Gate
6, David Mack: Desperate Hours
7, Mary Robinette Kowal: the Calculating Stars
8, Mary Robinette Kowal: The Fated Sky
9, Kat Richardson: Greywalker
10, Fiction River: Last Stand
11, Michael Jan Friedman: Star Trek: TNG: Planet X
12, Sean Wallace ed.: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures
13, John Vornholt: The Troll King
14, John Vornholt: The Troll Queen
15,

Here’s the post where I gather links to all books, novellas, and comics I’ll read 2019. And a challenge summary.

Challenges:
Action/adventure (5) 3
action heroine (15) 10
comics (24) 23
Helsinki library’s (helmet) challenge (50) 9
Mount TBR (24) 14
Pick&Mix (20) 14

January
1, F.J. Blair: The Delivery of Flesh (helmet)
2, James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero (p&m, helmet)
3, Martha Wells: Artificial condition (p&m)
4, H. G. Wells: The Time Machine (p&m, helemt)
5, Zara Altair: The Roman Heir (helmet)
6, Rebecca Moesta, ed: Fiction River: Superpowers (tbr, helmet)
7, Jules Verne: The Journey to the Center of the Earth (p&m)

Comics
1, Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire
2, Avengers Prime

Februray
8, Resa Nelson: Berserk (helmet)
9, Zara Altair: The Vellum Scribe
10, James S. A. Corey: Abaddon’s Gate (tbr)
11, V. E. Schwab: A Darker Shade of Magic (p&m)
12, Elizabeth Peters: Trojan Gold (tbr)
13,

Comics
3, X-Men Gold vol. 1: Back to Basics
4, Siege
5, Battle Angel Alita, vol 1

March
13,Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tanar of Pellucidar (tbr)
14, Neil Clarke, ed.: The Final Frontier (p&m)
15, Alis S. Rasmussen: The Labyrinth Gate (tbr)
16, Alison Morton: Successio (ah, a/a)
18, Greg Cox: Q-Zone (p&m)
19, Greg Cox: Q-Strike (p&m)

Comics
6, Wonder Woman vol 1: Who is Wonder Woman?
7, Wonder Woman vol. 1: Blood
8, Wonder Woman vol. 2: Guts
9, Battle Angel Alita, vol 2: Tears of an Angel
10, Battle Angel Alita, vol 3: Killing Angel

April
20, Wilkie Martin: Inspector Hobbs and the Blood
21, Trish Heinrich: Fahrenheit’s Ghost (helmet)
22, David Mack: Desperate Hours (p&m)
23, Mary Robinette Kowal: the Calculating Stars (tbr, helmet)
24, The Triangle: Episode 1: The Gathering Storm by Dan Koboldt
25, Tanya Huff: Enchantment Emporium (p&m)

Comics
11, Mr and Mrs X vol 1: Love and Marriage (action heroine)
12, Wonder Woman vol. 3: The Circle
13, Wonder Woman vol. 4: Ends of the Earth
14, Wonder Woman vol. 5: Rise of the Olympian
15, Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken

May
26, The Triangle: Episode 2: Mr. Babbit by Mindy McGinnis
27, Alison Morton: Aurelia
28, The Triangle: Episode 3: the Moon People by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
29, Mary Robinette Kowal: The Fated Sky (tbr)
30, The Triangle: Episode 4: We are not alone by Dan Koboldt
31, Kat Richardson: Greywalker (TBR)
32, Genevieve Cogman: The Mortal Word (p&m)
33, Nikki Haverstock: Of Mages and Murders
34, Nikki Haverstock: Which mage moved the cheese?
35, The Triangle: Episode 5: Castaways by Mindy McGinnis

Wyrd and Wonder
1, Wyrd and Wonder post: Unreal locations
2, Wyrd and Wonder: Fish out of water

Comics
16, Wonder Woman vol. 6: Warkiller
17, Wonder Woman vol. 7: Contagion
18, Avengers: The Complete Celestial Madonna Saga
19, X-Men Red vol 1: The Hate Machine
20, X-Men Red vol 2: Waging Peace
21, Star Trek: TNG: Through the Mirror

June
36, The Triangle: Episode 6: Dark Demonstrations by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
37, Fiction River: Last Stand (mount tbr)
38, Hayley Camille: A Woman’s Work is Never Done
39, The Triangle: Episode 8: Revelations by Dan Koboldt
40, S. A. Chakraborty: The City of Brass (p&m)
41, The Triangle: Episode 9: What was lost by Mindy McGinnis
42, Irving Belatche: Einstein’s Secret
43, The Triangle: Episode 7: The Cold War by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
44, The Triangle: Episode 10: False Intentions by Dan Koboldt
45, Michael Jan Friedman: Star Trek: TNG: Planet X (tbr)

Comics
22, Lady Mechanika vol 1: the Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse
23, Justice League vol. 1: The Extinction Machine

July
46, Thomas K. Carpenter: Trials of Magic
47, Sean Wallace ed.: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures (tbr)
48, Martha Wells: Rogue Protocol (p&m)
49, John Vornholt: The Troll King (tbr)
50, Rhys Bowen: Her Royal Spyness
51, Aliette de Bodard: On Red Station, Drifting (p&m)
52, John Vornholt: The Troll Queen (TBR)
54, Aliette de Bodard: In the Vanishers’ Palace (p&m, helmet)

Comics
24, Superman/Fantastic Four: The Infinite destruction
25, Aquaman vol 1: Drowning
26, The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman

August
55, Charles Veley: The Last Moriarty
56,

Comics
27, Tokyo Ghoul vol. 1