Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Readathons

As an avid reader who has gotten distracted by iPad games, Facebook, and the daily idiocies exploding from the White House like a bad case of diarrhea, I recently noticed that I was talking about books and recommending them to others, but not actually reading all that much. I'm so much happier when I make time to read every day, so I've set out to recapture my daily reading habit with the help of reading challenges and readathons.

Completing Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, followed by Bout of Books 19, I've connected with a community of readers and rediscovered the joy of stepping away from technology and getting lost in a great read.

Here is a list of some other reading events that I'll be joining to keep the pages turning. Happy reading!



Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books Readathon 19

I must say, I am loving the readathon thing right now. As an avid reader who hasn't been reading all that much lately, it feels amazing to get a shot of book excitement and to connect with other book lovers. 

The readathon goes from today, May 8, to Sunday, May 14. You can find out all of the details at the Bout of Books website. I'll be playing along here and updating as the week progresses.  I'll also be posting updates using #boutofbooks on Twitter. 


Goals for the week:


I will read one book every day. I will read for (at least) two hours every day.

Books to read (subject to change):




Challenge #1: Introduce yourself #insixwords.

Introverted reader, writer, teacher, atheist, feminist #insixwords


Updates:

MONDAY

Pages read today: 1064
Total pages read: 1064
Books started: 10
Books finished: 9
Books read: Lunch Lady series (books 1-9) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; (Cress in progress)

TUESDAY

Pages read today: 530
Total pages read: 1594
Books started: 2
Books finished: 2
Books read: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen; Cress by Marissa Meyer; (Persepolis and Fairest in progress)

Challenge #2:  #notafont

My book covers are extremely font-y. Here's as close as I can get to #notafont.



WEDNESDAY

Pages read today: 631
Total pages read: 2225
Books started: 2
Books finished: 2
Books read: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi; Fairest by Marissa Meyer; (The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar and Winter in progress)

Challenge #3:  #shelfie4boutofbooks



THURSDAY


Pages read today: 1251
Total pages read: 3476
Books started: 2
Total books started: 16
Books finished: 2
Total books finished: 15
Books read: The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar; Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack (Winter and Women, Food, and Desire in progress)

Challenge #4:  #characterdatingprofile

Laird of Lallybroch, looking for love, likes kilts (James Alexander Malcom MacKenzie Fraser, Outlander)

FRIDAY


Pages read today: 239
Total pages read: 3715
Books started: 1
Total books started: 17
Books finished: 1
Total books finished: 16
Books read: I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano (In progress: Winter; Women, Food, and Desire)

Today was a flailing, not failing day. I didn't get nearly the amount of reading done that I'd planned, but I still read a cute book of poetry that I would recommend to animal lovers. And check out the companion book, I Could Pee on This, with poems by cats. 

Challenge #5:  #bookspinerainbow



SATURDAY

Pages read today: 207
Total pages read: 3922
Books started: 1
Total books started: 18
Books finished: 1
Total books finished: 17
Books read: Winter by Marissa Meyer (In progress: Gaia's Garden)

Challenge #6:  #seasonsofbooks



Spring: Green Angel and Green Witch by Alice Hoffman--magical realism all about healing and new life
Summer: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald--a summer vacation that's all about books and helping people bloom
Fall: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar--back to school time
Winter: Lisey's Story by Stephen King--death and madness (Guess which season is my least favorite.)


SUNDAY

Pages read today: 414
Total pages read: 4336
Books started: 3
Total books started: 21
Books finished: 3
Total books finished: 20
Books read: The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park; Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway; Celtic Night by Bridget O'Dwyer (In Progress: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo)

I just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Amy Schumer. Though I'll be able to keep reading for another hour or so, I have family coming into town and won't have time to update later. I've had a blast reading with the Bout of Books community this week and the readathon pushed me to read more than I would have on my own. 

Here's my final stack. Until next time!




Friday, April 28, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

A couple of days ago, a link to Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon popped up in my Facebook feed, providing a happy distraction from all of the horrifying political news. I can't believe I never heard of this event before, as it's been going on twice a year since 2007. I would have had a blast with this when I was still teaching English. On the upside, now that I'm no longer under the constant pressure of being a teacher, taking 24 hours out of my life to do nothing but read and talk about books is easy and natural. My husband hasn't officially joined the festivities, but he baked some cookies to make sure I won't run out of snacks and has said he "might pick up a book for a while" tomorrow. The more excited I am about it, the more willing he is to see what all the fuss is about.

Go to the official website or this concise and comprehensive post for full details, but here it is in a nutshell: Try to read as much as you can in 24 hours.

Participants also track and discuss their reading across a wide variety of social media platforms. Look for #readathon wherever you hang out online. In order to focus primarily on reading, I'll be most active before and after the readathon itself, though I'm sure I won't be able to resist occasional updates. I'm already not reading nearly as much as I'd like to, so MORE distraction isn't what I need.

This challenge on Instagram looks fun (and there are bookish prizes).

I've seen a lot of people looking at this as an all-or-nothing proposition, but you can still participate if you have work or family obligations. Even with the best of intentions, most people aren't going to read during ALL of the 24 hours. Any reading we do during the readathon, especially if it is over and above our usual reading routine, can be counted as a win.



So, stretch out, grab a great read and a snack, and join a vibrant community of readers. Just for the fun of it.

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Hourly Updates
(NO GUARANTEE THAT THESE WILL ACTUALLY BE UPDATED HOURLY)

 5:00 AM  -  6:00 AM: Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech (152 pages - #1 done)
 6:00 AM  -  7:00 AM: Stickman Odyssey by Christopher Ford (200 pages - #2 done) 
 7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (40 pages - in progress); The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (26 pages - in progress)
 8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM: Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (86 pages - #3 done); The Buried Giant (24 pages - in progress)
 9:00 AM  - 10:00 AM: The Buried Giant (34 pages - in progress)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: The Tale of Despereaux - The Graphic Novel (126 pages - #4 done) 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: The Buried Giant (52 pages - in progress) 
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM: People of the Book (33 pages - in progress)
 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM: As the World Burns by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan (220 pages - #5 done) 
 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM: Green Angel by Alice Hoffman (62 pages - in progress) 
 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM: Green Angel by Alice Hoffman (54 pages - #6 done) 
 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM: Green Witch by Alice Hoffman (81 pages - in progress)
 5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM: Green Witch by Alice Hoffman (54 pages - #7 done); People of the Book (44 pages - in progress)
 6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM: Dinner with hubby and back at it! The Buried Giant (15 pages - in progress) 
 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM: The Buried Giant (35 pages - in progress) 
 8:00 PM  -  9:00 PM: The Buried Giant (30 pages - in progress)
 9:00 PM  -  10:00 PM: People of the Book (71 pages - in progress)
10:00 PM -  11:00 PM: People of the Book (14 pages - in progress); The Buried Giant (16 pages - in progress)
11:00 PM -  12:00 AM: People of the Book (30 pages - in progress)
12:00 AM -  1:00 AM: The Buried Giant (30 pages - in progress)
 1:00 AM  -  2:00 AM: The Buried Giant (18 pages - #8 done); March, Book 1 by John Lewis (121 pages - #9 done)
 2:00 AM  -  3:00 AM: March, Book 2 by John Lewis (192 pages - #10 done) 
 3:00 AM  -  4:00 AM: March, Book 3 by John Lewis (200 pages - in progress)
 4:00 AM  -  5:00 AM: March, Book 3 by John Lewis (56 pages - #11 done); The Wide-Awake Princess (14 pages - in progress)

READATHON COMPLETE 

Books in the stack (11) are finished and the two in front are in process. I had to end with The Wide-Awake Princess!
My final stats from Bookout don't quite match with my running page totals, but I'm an English major. You do the math. I only remembered to start using the app later in the day, after seeing several cool infographics that other users had posted. So there's that.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first readathon and will look forward to participating in many more. Happy reading, everyone!





Saturday, March 18, 2017

YALSA Hub Reading Challenge 2017

As generally happens, I'm off to a late start again this year, but whatevs, I'm always up for another reading challenge. I'm still working on another one. Since I still have a ways to go with that one, I'll just dovetail the two together.

My other challenge is called Alphabetically Yours and the idea behind it is simple: Read whatever you like, as long as you read at least one fiction and one nonfiction book for each letter of the alphabet (by author's last name). I haven't been able to limit myself to two books per letter, so it's taking longer than I had originally planned, but I am making room on my bookshelves for some new books. You can see my progress (currently working on H) and add yours in the comments for that post (linked above).

ANYWAY, on to the fabulous YALSA Hub Reading Challenge. I do this one every year because I love the diverse selections that always help me stretch out of my normal reading habits. I try new books and authors. While I don't necessarily enjoy every selection, I have found many new favorites over the years.

I will update my progress below and I hope you'll join me in discovering some great YA reads! I'd love to see what you are reading in the comments.


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1. The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Four teenagers come of age in Alaska in the 1970s.  

There's Ruth, looking for love and connection in all the wrong places. Her loving parents are gone and she lives with her fundamentalist grandmother in a home where any hint of pleasure or joy is a sin. 

Next we meet Dora, trying to escape from an abusive home and looking for someone she can trust to keep her safe. 

Alyce's parents love her, but since their divorce she's felt like her life has been torn in two and she lives her life to make them happy rather than pursuing her own dreams of being a dancer. 

Finally, there's Hank, who runs away from home with his two younger brothers in tow. Their dad is missing, presumed dead, and his mom has a new boyfriend. 

It took me a while to get into the story, but once it hooked me, I was good and hooked. This is my favorite kind of story. It features several main  characters who each have their own journey, but somehow their paths weave together in the end, showing the deep connections that exist in our lives, whether we are aware of them or not.

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners (the first in a new series, hooray!) is my favorite type of book--a blend of genres, fun to read and difficult to classify. It's a mix of fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, and suspense, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. Bray has painstakingly researched the Roaring Twenties and her gorgeous prose brings the period, and her characters, vividly to life. 

After getting in trouble back in Ohio, Evie O'Neill's parents send her to New York to stay with her uncle. An expert in occult matters, he runs The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--known by the locals as The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies. When Uncle Will is asked to help the police investigate a series of brutal, occult murders, Evie comes along for the ride. Will her ability to "read" objects help her solve the crimes or make her a victim?

Evie is not the only character with a special gift. There's also a pickpocket on a mission to find his mother, a Ziegfeld girl hiding from a dangerous past, a numbers runner with healing powers, and a museum employee who is more (and less) than he seems. Despite the supernatural elements, these characters are well-developed and realistic.

Highly recommended! Finished the second in the series, Lair of Dreams, and have pre-ordered the third book, Before the Devil Breaks You (set to be released in October 2017). 


3. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

This book sums up why I do the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge every year, even now that I'm retired and no longer have students to share books with. I would never have picked this up if it hadn't been on the list because it's so far out of my reading comfort zone. But I loved it. 

Dolssa is a Catholic mystic who believes that her beloved is always with her and is able to work miracles through her. Healing and sharing her passion for her beloved brings the horror of the inquisitors upon her. After watching her mother burn at the stake, she escapes. Scared and alone, she is near death when Botille (the true heart of this story) rescues her and brings her home to the tavern she runs with her sisters. 

They try to keep Dolssa hidden, but she starts healing people and soon the inquisitors descend on the town, putting everyone in danger.

The setting and the characters were rich and detailed. A fine example of well-researched and beautifully-written YA literature that adults will enjoy and possibly even learn a few things from.

4. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Penelope, who prefers to be called Pen, is the first genderqueer character I've encountered in a YA book. I love how she knows exactly who she is right from the beginning. The problems she encounters are with the way other people see her or expect her to behave, not with any self-doubt. 

Cody and his fragile masculinity provides a counterpoint to Pen's much more secure sense of self. Pen takes a while to see him in all his douchey splendor, but thanks to the support of her amazing brother, old and new friends, and a girlfriend who accepts her just as she is, she gets there in the end. 


This is such an important book, especially for kids who are gender non-conforming. Definitely worth a read.


5. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Nicole Sparks (Colie) used to be overweight, and still feels like the fat girl she used to be. When her mom, who has become a fitness guru, heads out for the summer on a world tour, Colie goes to stay with her aunt. At first, she feels just as out of place in Colby, North Carolina as she's felt everywhere she's been the new kid. But before she knows it, a few special people in town are teaching her about the transformative power of friendship, music, and faking it until you make it.  A touching story for anyone who's ever felt like they didn't quite fit in.

6. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen  


Watching her mother's string of failed marriages, Remy, who keeps every aspect of her life neatly organized, vows never to let herself love someone who will only let her down in the end. And then Dexter, messy, clumsy, and impulsive, stumbles into her life. 


I enjoy the sensitive and realistic way that Dessen writes about love. Too bad she's about my age because I would have really loved her books when I was a teenager!


7. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A memoir of the author/illustrator's life growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  

Those who don't believe in the importance of the separation of church and state should really read books like this to see how horrible life is when religious fundamentalists are in charge. 

The difference between public and private life (especially for women) is an eye-opener. The pure ridiculousness of some of the laws made my jaw drop. For example, the author recounts that art students were not allowed to sketch female models unless they were wearing the full chador and female students were expected to sketch male models without looking at them!

8. March: Book Three by John Lewis 


This volume covers the Birmingham bombing, the marches at Selma, and the voting rights act. The bravery of the people fighting for civil rights in the face of such brutality absolutely astonishes me. We've made progress, but there's definitely more work to do. I hope stories like this will inspire our next generation of leaders.

(I bought the lovely boxed set and read the whole trilogy. I highly recommend it, especially for anyone who thinks the fight is over.)




9. The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon

Focused on the grossest and most creative ways organisms have evolved to survive long enough to reproduce, this book will certainly generate interest in further study for kids with strong stomachs who are curious about biology.





10. Asking for It by Louise O'Neill 


Emma is gorgeous and knows it. She's not a particularly likable character--she shoplifts and is a crappy friend. 

She gets roaring drunk at a party and her parents find her unconscious on the front steps when they return from an overnight trip. She is bruised and doesn't remember how she got home. 

Before long, she sees a Facebook page with photos showing her being gang-raped by several guys. Of course, the page is full of vile comments about what a whore she is. 


Things go downhill from there. Ugh. This is a depressing read that all too accurately depicts the experiences of women all over the world.


11. Die Young with Me - A Memoir by Rob Rufus


A memoir from a cancer survivor/punk rock drummer.  Rob writes candidly about his battle with cancer and its effect on every aspect of his life. His account is raw and sad, angry and hopeful.





12. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey  

The Monstrumologist, book one.

After the deaths of his parents, Will Henry is taken in by his father's employer, Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a scientist who studies monsters. Will Henry has become used to visitors in the dark of the night, but when a grave robber stops by with some especially gruesome cargo, Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop embark on a terrifying quest to find and kill the rest of the monsters before they kill again.

Very well done gothic horror set in Victorian England.  Gory details and high-level vocabulary make this one a good choice for more mature readers.



13. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Allyson has every detail of her life planned in advance, even her post-graduation European tour. But when she meets Willem, a free-spirited, traveling actor, all those carefully laid plans go right out the window. Acting extremely out of character, she leaves her tour group and jumps on the train to Paris with charming Willem. They spend a single glorious day and night together, filled with risks and intimacies that sends Allyson's head spinning. 

When she wakes up in the morning, alone, her next adventure begins. She returns home and then heads off to college, depressed and feeling lost, but still determined to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to create for herself. 


I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the locations, which brought up many fond memories of my own European adventures. Can't wait to read the sequel!

14. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen 

Caitlin has always felt like she lived in the shadow of her perfect older sister, Cassandra. Cassandra, tired of feeling trapped by her parents' expectations, runs away from home. Caitlin misses her sister, but sees her absence as a way to finally blaze her own path, without constantly being compared to Cass. Rogerson Biscoe, a mysterious bad boy, attracts Caitlin's attention and she is soon deeply in love with him. Though her friends try to warn her about him, Caitlin is stunned when he first hits her. Caitlin doesn't think she can live without Rogerson and starts to change her life to keep him happy, and herself safe. Meanwhile, her family is so caught up in her sister's disappearance that they fail to notice the changes in Caitlin.


Caitlin is a sympathetic character and Dessen shows how easy it is to get sucked into an abusive relationship--and also how hard it is to get out again.

Currently reading:
15. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Reading Challenge: Alphabetically Yours

For our newest reading challenge, let's read at least one book from every letter of the alphabet (by author's last name). For an extra challenge, try to complete in alphabetical order rather than skipping around. My plan is to read fiction and non-fiction for each letter, for a total of 52. You can do what you want.

I am thoroughly enjoying all of the extra free time I have these days. I'm finally getting around to reading some of the books that have been on my shelves for longer than I'd care to admit. I also have found a classroom teacher who happily takes books after I'm done with them. It's great to be cleaning clutter from my shelves and only keeping the books that bring my joy.

If anyone is reading along with me, I'd love to see your progress in the comments.

I will update my progress below. F=fiction / NF=nonfiction


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A--Adoff, Jaime (The Death of Jayson Porter) F
     Albom, Mitch (The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto) F
     Alender, Katie (Bad Girls Don't Die) F
     Anchor, Shawn (Before Happiness) NF
B--Baker, E.D. (The Wide-Awake Princess) F
     Beals, Melba Pattillo (Warriors Don't Cry) NF
     Berry, Julie (The Passion of Dolssa) F
     Binetti, Marianne and Beck, Alison (Edible Gardening for Washington and Oregon) NF
     Bray, Libba (The Diviners; Lair of Dreams) F
     Brooks, Geraldine (People of the Book) F
     Buckley, Michael (NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense
     Society; Nerds: M is for   Mama's Boy) F
C--Cameron, Julia (The Artist's Way) NF
     Carman, Patrick (Skeleton Creek; Ghost in the Machine; The Crossbones) F
     Carlin, George (Brain Droppings) NF
     Carlin, George (Napalm & Silly Putty) NF  
     Childs, Tera Lynn (Oh. My. Gods.) F
     Clement-Moore, Rosemary (Prom Dates from Hell; Hell Week;
     Highway to Hell)
     Collins, Ross (Medusa Jones) F
     Creech, Sharon (Hate That Cat; Love That Dog) F
D--Davis, Sampson, Jenkins, George, and Hunt, Rameck [with Sharon Draper] (We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Lead to Success) NF
     de la Pena, Matt (Ball Don't Lie) F
     Dessen, Sarah (Keeping the Moon; This Lullaby)
E--Elliott, L.M. (Give Me Liberty) F
     Elliott, L.M. (Annie, Between the States) F
     Esquith, Rafe (Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire) NF
F--Felin, M. Sindy (Touching Snow) F
     Ferguson, Alane (The Christopher Killer; The Angel of Death; The Dying Breath) F
     Fisher, Catherine (Incarceron) F
     Fitzgerald, F. Scott (The Great Gatsby) F
     Fletcher, Charlie (Stoneheart; Ironhand; Sivertongue) F
     Ford, Christopher (Stickman Odyssey) F
     Freedman, Rory & Barnouin, Kim (Skinny Bitch) NF
G--Gerber, Linda (Trance) F
     Gaiman, Neil (American Gods) F
     Gaiman, Neil (Norse Mythology) F
     Gay, Roxanne (Bad Feminist) NF
     Gilbert, Elizabeth (Big Magic; Eat, Pray, Love) NF
     Gilbert, Jack (Collected Poems) F - POETRY
     Girard, M-E (Girl Mans Up)
H--Haddix, Margaret Peterson (Shadow Children series, books 1-5)   
     Hassler, Christine (Expectation Hangover) NF
     Hayden, Torey (Ghost Girl; The Tiger's Child) NF
     Hemenway, Toby (Gaia's Garden - A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture) NF
     Hitchcock, Bonnie-Sue (The Smell of Other People's Houses) F
     Hoffman, Alice (Green Angel; Green Witch) F
I--Ishiguro, Kazuo (The Buried Giant) F
     Ishii, Takayuki (One Thousand Paper Cranes) NF
J--Jamieson, Alexandra (Women, Food, and Desire) NF
     Jensen, Derrick & McMillan, Stephanie (As the World Burns) F
K--Krosoczka, Jarrett J. (Lunch Lady series, books 1-9) F
L--LaCour, Nina (Hold Still) F
     Lewis, John (March boxed set, books 1-3) NF
M--Maihack, Mike (Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice) F
     Marciuliano, Francesco (I Could Chew on This) F
     Meyer, Marissa (Cinder; Scarlet; Cress; Fairest; Winter) F
N--Nix, Garth (Sabriel; Lirael;Abhorsen; Clariel; Goldenhand) F
O--O'Dwyer, Bridget (Celtic Night) F
     O'Neill, Louise (Asking for It) F
P--Park, Barbara (The Graduation of Jake Moon) F
Q--
R--Riotte, Louise (Carrots Love Tomatoes) NF
     Rufus, Rob (Die Young with Me - A Memoir) NF
S--Satrapi, Marjane (The Complete Persepolis) NF
     Simon, Matt (The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar) NF
     Smith, Matt (The Tale of Despereaux - The Graphic Novel) F
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Now that my move is complete and life is settling into some semblance of a normal routine, I'm finally feeling like I have time to read again. In the spirit of reducing the time I spend in front of a screen and increasing the time I spend in front of a page, I have created my own reading challenge for 2016. 

I've called it "Get Out of Your Comfort Zone" because the focus is on expanding your perspective and being more open to ideas that are different from your own. I believe the world would be a much kinder place if we could all be more empathetic and understanding of others' opinions and life experiences. Even where we differ, humans all have the same basic need to connect with each other and to find meaning in life. 

I'd love it if you'd read along with me and let me know how you're doing!

2016 Reading Challenge: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

o  A book that teaches you a new skill
o  A book that inspires you
o  A book about creativity
o  A book about relationships
o  A book about science
o  A book about a spiritual tradition different from your own
o  A book written from a political viewpoint different from yours
o  A book about one of your personal heroes
o  A book featuring a topic that piques your curiosity
o  A book featuring one or more LGBTQ characters
o  A book with a female protagonist
o  A book by a female author
o  The first book in a series
o  A book set in a foreign country
o  A book not originally written in your native language
o  A book that transports you to a faraway place and/or time
o  A book with gorgeous cover art
o  A book with a green cover
o  A book with green in the title
o  A book written by John Green
o  A classic you SHOULD have read in high school
o  A book you loved as a child or young adult
o  A banned or challenged book
o  A book you are embarrassed to read in public
o  A collection of short stories
o  A book of poetry
o  A mystery
o  Historical fiction set in a time that fascinates you
o  A fairy tale retelling
o  A genre-bending book
o  An award-winning book
o  A book by an author who shares your first or last name
o  A book by an author you would love to meet
o  A book by an author you would NOT want to meet

Here's the printable version of the list in one page and printable bookmarks.