Friday, February 19, 2021

Tacoma Library Extreme Reading Challenge

I've been accumulating library cards for the past year, as a way of traveling without actually leaving my house. If I can't go to new libraries, I can at least visit them online. And that's how I found out that the city to my south does a reading challenge that I'm am probably going to fail: THE TACOMA LIBRARY EXTREME READING CHALLENGE

It's fifty books from fifty categories (well, I guess 49? or we read more than one a week?) and it ends just before the end of the year, so there's not even a chance for frantic reading from Christmas to New Year. Here's the list, and I'm trying to preserve the links to suggestions:


2021 Extreme Reader Categories 

  1. A book about climate change The Case for Climate Capitalism, Tom Rand 3/6/21
  2. A book about music or musicians The Chai Factor, Farah Heron 2/6/21
  3. A book about or involving social media use Take a Hint Dani Brown, Talia Hibbert 1/28/21
  4. A book about or with art or museums: The Plain Janes, Cecil Castellucci 1/8/21, The City We Became N.K. Jemisin 8/6/21
  5. A book about or written by a journalist One Giant Leap, Charles Fishman 2/11/21
  6. A book about or written by a woman in STEM Arcadia, Tom Stoppard 5/24/21
  7. A book about social justice Stolen Justice, Laurence Goldstone 1/25/21
  8. A book about the American Civil War Blood and Germs, Gail Jarrow 3/8/21, 
  9. A book in which a natural disaster takes place Into the Volcano, Don Wood 4/4/21, The Nine Tailors, Dorothy Sayers 7/4/11 
  10. A book of your own choosing  Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs 1/29/21
  11. A book published in the year you were born 
  12. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics La Perdida, Jessica Abel 2/7/21 
  13. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent  Northanger Abbey, Jane Austin 4/30/21
  14. A book set in Ireland  
  15. A book set on a mode of transportation Stars Beyond, S.K. Dunstall 5/16/21
  16. A book that passes the Bechdel Test  Louisiana Longshot, Jana DeLeon 5/16/21
  17. A book that takes place during the 1920s : Subtle Blood, K.J. Charles 7/16/21
  18. A book that takes place during the Middle Ages  Absolution By Murder, Peter Tremayne 7/24/21
  19. A book that takes place during winter  Fake Dating the Prince, Ashlyn Kane 5/26/21
  20. A book where the characters save (or attempt to save) the world The Fold, Peter Clines 2/27/21 
  21. A book with a book on the cover The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Kim Michele Richardson 4/5/21
  22. A book with a character who is older than you Nightshades, Melissa Olson 2/20/21
  23. A book with a glyph in the title Sal & Gabi Save the Universe, Carlos Hernandez 2/20/21, Patience & Esther, Sarah Winifred Searle 7/8/21
  24. A book with a heist in it Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel, Eoin Colfer 3/4/21
  25. A book with a map Beyond the Hundred Kingdoms, Rod Espinosa 4/24/21
  26. A book with a medical professional  Shadows in Death, J.D Robb 1/16/2021
  27. A book with a metallic cover Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse 8/22/21
  28. A book with a person’s name in the title: The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax, Dorothy Gilman 5/15/21
  29. A book with a royal moniker in the title  Fake Dating the Prince, Ashlyn Kane 5/26/21
  30. A book with a skull on the cover Rattle His Bones, Carola Dunn 5/30/21
  31. A book with a title featuring repeating words A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky, Lynell George 6/28/21
  32. A book with an unlikely pair The House in the Cerulean Sea, T.J. Klune 4/24/2021
  33. A book with crafting or related to the Do-It-Yourself “DIY” movement The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter by Chapter Guide, Annette Whipple 3/15/21, How to Raise an Honest Rabbit, Amy Lane 7/9/21
  34. A book with military personnelSpies, Lies and Disguise, Jennifer Swanson 1/23/21, Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal
  35. A book with one of the four elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air) in the title Punching the Air, Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam 2/13/21
  36. A book with only words on the cover America For Americans, Erika Lee 7/2/21
  37. A book with parents or parental figures in it Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger 3/20/21
  38. A book written by a South American author 
  39. A book written by an author that uses an initial(s) in their name  A Case of Possession, K. J. Charles 2/5/21
  40. A book written by an author you’ve never read before Something That May Shock or Discredit You, Daniel Mallory Ortberg 5/18/21
  41. A book written in the first person The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline 2/6/21 
  42. A book you finished in one day  Piranesi, Susanna Clarke 6/21/21
  43. A Goodreads Choice Awards winner Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett 4/1/21
  44. A legal thriller  Reckless, Selena Montgomery 4/25/21
  45. A magical realism book Temporary, Hilary Leichter 5/1/21
  46. A play  Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare 4/25/21
  47. A prequel or a sequel to another book or series Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells 4/30/21
  48. A Pulitzer Prize winning or finalist book from the non-fiction category 
  49. An Afro Futurism book Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, Damian Duffy & Octavia Butler 6/11/2021
  50. An alternate history book Sunshine, Robin McKinley 7/10/21
  51. An anthology book  Flight Vol 3, ed. Kazu Kibuishi 3/2/21
  52. An antiracist book What the Eagle Sees, Elder Yellowhorn, Kathy Lowinger 1/25/21,You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar 8/4/21
  53. Reread a favorite book Network Effect, Martha Wells 4/6/21
  54. Two books that share the same title (Title A) Switchback, Melissa Olson 4/29/21
  55. Two books that share the same title (Title B) Switchback, Clair M. Poulson 8/21/21
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