Reading Challenge [2017-2018]

2016 was kind of a dumpster fire, right? In addition to the incredible amount of celebrity deaths and the "winner" of America's election, 2016 for me personally was a year of waiting and feeling stuck. Turns out, these are two of my least favourite things.

That being said, I will confess that I gave up on the reading challenge pretty quickly last year (and in fact, started it way too late anyway). I turned to the comfort of fanfiction and books I'd read many times, because damnit, I needed to feel like some things in life were good and I could count on them to be so.

However, I'm feeling much more optimistic about this year's challenge, having already read one (1!) of the 40 books on the list. Yes, it was the <150 pages one. Ssh.

As I go, I'll give each book's title and a star rating out of five. I might write longer posts about some of them, if they're good enough to warrant it. :) If you'd like to do this challenge as well, go for it, and if you have any recommendations for me, I'd welcome them - I tend to stick in non-fiction and queer genres, so some of this list is challenging!

***I am also on Goodreads as Beth Enman, if you'd like to see my To Read list.
*** Titles in parentheses (...) are books I expect to fill these numbers on the list.

Read Outside the Lines Challenge [2017-2018]

1. A BOOK BASED ON A FAIRY TALE
(The Princess Bride, William Goldman)

2. A COOKBOOK IN WHICH YOU MASTER AT LEAST ONE RECIPE
Thug Kitchen Official Cookbook, Thug Kitchen, ★★★★

3. A YA FICTION BESTSELLER
(The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas)

4. A BOOK YOU DIDN'T FINISH IN HIGH SCHOOL

5. A BOOK SET IN YOUR HOME PROVINCE/COUNTRY (BONUS: LOCAL AUTHOR)

6. A BOOK TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

7. A NON-FICTION BOOK THAT BROADENS YOUR PERSPECTIVE
(Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference, William MacAskill)

8. A BOOK SET IN EUROPE
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, ★★★★★

9. A BOOK THAT’S UNDER 150 PAGES
Creating Space: The Case for Everyday Creativity, Ed Cyzewski, ★★★★

10. A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
(Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein)

11. A BOOK THAT’S BECOMING A MOVIE IN 2017
A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness ★★★★★

12. A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY SOMEONE YOU JUST MET

13. A NON-FICTION BOOK THAT TEACHES YOU SOMETHING NEW
Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty, Sunny Subramanian, ★★★★

14. A BOOK YOU FINISH IN A DAY
When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead, ★★★★★

15. A BOOK WRITTEN BY A CELEBRITY
(The Natty Professor: A Masterclass on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making it Work, Tim Gunn)

16. A MEMOIR
(Buffering, Hannah Hart)

17. A BOOK AT LEAST 100 YEARS OLDER THAN YOU
(A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens)

18. A BOOK THAT’S MORE THAN 400 PAGES
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Mackenzi Lee, ★★★★★

19. A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND
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20. A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel, ★★★★★+★

21. A BOOK PUBLISHED IN 2017
(If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, Alan Alda)

22. A BOOK WHOSE PROTAGONIST HAS YOUR JOB, CURRENT/PAST

23. A BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE DURING SUMMER

24./25. A BOOK AND ITS PREQUEL OR SEQUEL
(Every Heart a Doorway/Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire)

26. A MURDER MYSTERY
A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle, ★★★★★

27. A BOOK WRITTEN BY A COMEDIAN

28. A SCI-FI OR DYSTOPIAN BOOK

29. A BOOK WITH A BLUE COVER

30. A BOOK OF POETRY
(Lifesaving Poems, Anthony Wilson)

31. A BOOK ABOUT NON-STRAIGHT/CISGENDER PERSONS
(Two Boys Kissing/Aristotle and Dante)

32. THE FIRST BOOK YOU SEE IN A BOOKSTORE

33. A BOOK WITH ATYPICAL STRUCTURE/STYLE
(Note to Self, Connor Franta)

34. A BIOGRAPHY
(Rod Serling)

35. A BOOK ABOUT A ROAD TRIP

36. A BOOK ABOUT AN UNFAMILIAR CULTURE

37. A SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS BOOK

38. A BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE ON AN ISLAND
(We Were Liars, E. Lockhart)

39. A BOOK THAT’S GUARANTEED TO BRING YOU JOY
(Turtles All the Way Down, John Green)

40. A SELF HELP BOOK WITH A NON-CHEESY TITLE
Early Retirement Extreme, Jacob Lund Fisker, ★★★★★+★★

2017 Resolutions

OOTC: Wardrobe Tips for the Gender Interesting