Reading Challenges

To help me keep track of the (many) reading challenges I am taking part in.  As I go along, I will also include links to reviews I write.


A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
A book that takes place in Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans,Aboriginals, etc.)
A microhistory
A YA novel
A sci-fi novel
A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
An audiobook
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you
A book that was originally published in another language
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you metPanels?)
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)


(15 pus books by or about people of colour.)


(25 plus banned books)

I’m also taking part in the Around the World challenge, which I will keep updating and sharing.

If you have any suggestions for any of the above challenges, please feel free to comment or send me a direct message.  I LOVE book recommendations!


One thought on “Reading Challenges

  1. Maria Georgala says:

    Dear Emma,

    Thank you for your inspirational blog!

    I would highly recommend Yannis Kyrlis’ “THE QUEST – A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES” by Austin Macauley Publishers (May 2017), which has already inspired me to write the following Review:

    “I wish I had written this book!!! However, I had been so lucky to indulge myself reading the manuscript in Greek and to be so deeply involved in the text, that I decided to translate it into English. I was enchanted by the depth and the richness of diverse meanings, the dream-tinged, surreal and weird writing style. Every time I read the story “THE THREAT”, it blows my mind. When I read it for the first time, I wondered how the story would end, but once I was finished reading, it really packed a punch.
    When I read it again, I want to cry and laugh at the same time, excited about its imperceptible irony. Although his every story is surprisingly different from the others, they are all immersed into a dreamy atmosphere.
    In a conversation with the author Yannis Kyrlis, I asked him about the role of dreams in his writings and I was touched by his reference to our inner scriptwriter, whom we often ignore, but who has something to tell us. The writer’s use of dreamy imagery initiates the reader into this surrealist scriptwriter and the self-knowledge. The book covers a wide range of situations and feelings, from lack of awareness and conscience, to despair and remorse, from a child’s innocence to the lack of personal responsibility and the psychology of the mass, since in many cases a crowd is similar to a herd of animals (this is the subject of the short stories “THE QUEST” and “THE COURSE OF A CRISIS”).
    The author has not given names to the heroes of his stories (most of the time), to emphasise the timeless nature of human behaviours and emotions. The hero of the short story, entitled “THE QUEST”, is in pursuit of his internal integration through self-knowledge. In “THE LITTLE GIRL WITH CLOTH LEGGS”, the path towards the hero’s internal integration passes through the restoration of harmony and balance between the two parts of man, the male and the female energy. The little girl with cloth legs symbolises a man’s undeveloped female energy (compassion, empathy, patience, understanding…)
    Twelve strangely brilliant stories: The more I read and go deeper into them, the more I get enchanted by them.”

    Thank you for accepting my comment! It would be very interesting for me to read your Review on this book too.

    Kind regards,

    Maria Georgala

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