Reading Challenge 2019

It’s the time to clean out my To-Read drawer and boxes for this year’s Challenge. Mostly the drawer and the first box I got my hands on. I’m hoping this year’s list will be easier than last year’s. One of the attributes I have to keep in mind for these 12 months is that a book must not be a torture. I read on my lunch hour, and I need that escape… something to look forward to, not dread. The torture happened with Twilight. I don’t want to repeat it. So here are this year’s selections!

Cobalt Jade’s 2019 Reading Challenge List

4. What you will read to your grandchildren: A children’s book (middle grade or younger).
A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L’engle.
Picked because it’s been hanging around for a while and I want to see what’s going on with the Murry kids.

5. East meets West: A book taking place in Asia (Turkey to Japan, Siberia to Vietnam)
The Last Samurai, the Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori, by Mark Ravina.
Japanese history.

6. Just the (alternative) facts, Ma’am: An alternate history.
The Years of Rice and Salt, by Kim Stanley Robinson.
What if all of Caucasian Medieval Europe had died during the Great Plague?

9. Best friend: A book with a dog on the cover.
Being a Dog, by Alexandra Horowitz.
Loved her previous book, Inside a Dog.

14. Crossing the (color) lines: A book about a person of color (PoC), any variety, written by an author of the same variety.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemison.
Wanted to read this author for a while.

17. Back in the day: A historical of any genre.
A Murder in Thebes, by Anna Apostolou.
Alexander the Great turns amateur detective!

18. Do you deliver?: A book where food, cooking, restaurants, chefs, etc. play a major role.
American Pie, by Pascale Le Draoulec.
A gift from a now-deceased friend.

25. Flights of fancy: A book in which airplanes figure prominently.
Jet Age, by Sam Howe Verhovek.
The rivalry between the British Comet passenger jet and the Boeing 707.

28. Keep up with the Joneses: A book everyone else seems to have read but you have not.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson.
I don’t know what I will find in here.

39. Tuesdays with Balaam’s Ass: A book with a non-human (animal or fantastic creature) main character.
Tales from Watership Down, by Richard Adams.
Talking rabbits.

48. Matryoshka books: A book mentioned or discussed inside another book.
Reading Lolita in Teheran, by Azar Nafisi.

49. What you read: A book you loved as a child.
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin
How will this one hold up through my adult eyes?

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