2017 Book Challenges aka Litsy Rocks and Bookcano!

So I am focusing on 2 challenges this year. The first:

This is the 5th year of the annual challenge I complete with my sister, Dallas. We come up with a number of themes and then each of us picks a book for that theme. Just as important as the books we choose is the name of the challenge. Names of past challenges include Bookpocalypse, Booknado, and Bookmageddon. In keeping with our disastrous names, this year’s book challenge is duly named Bookcano. Get ready for some molten hot reading!

Theme: A book our mother picked

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Good taste, Mom!

Theme: A book out of our genre (Dallas picks one for me, I pick one for her)

Me: Fantasy – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Dallas: Non-fiction – Cascadia’s Fault by Jerry Thompson

Theme: A book set/published in a random decade 

Me: 1730 – Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Dallas: 1950 – Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Theme: Book w/girl in the title

Me: The Drowning Girl by Caitlin Kiernan
Dallas: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Theme: Book related to a random country

Me: Scotland – Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Dallas: Belize – A Call to Arms by Alan Dean Foster

Theme: Book related to a random word

Me: Canvas – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Dallas: Clamp – This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

Book that won a Bram Stoker Award

Me: Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan
Dallas: Dead in the Water by Nancy Holder



Litsy is an amazing app I discovered late last year and I’ve fallen hard. It’s the app for book lovers to hook up with other book lovers and talk about books. Get it now!

Litsy has numerous challenges, and I picked one that seemed pretty tame, because I’m lazy. So I picked one book for each letter of the alphabet, hosted by Litsy user @bookishmarginalia. I wrote them on post-its, and as I complete books, I’ll put them in my little memo book and write a few notes about them.

Here’s my list!

A – Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
B – Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
C – Columbine by Dave Cullen
D – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
E – The Elementals by Michael McDowell
F – Foundation by Isaac Asimov
G – The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
H – Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
I – The Immortality Engine by George Mann
J – Joyride by Jack Ketchum
K – Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
L – The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
M – Macbeth by Some Guy Called Shakespeare
O – On Trails by Robert Moor
Q – Quicksand by Nella Larsen
R – Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
S – Swing Time by Zadie Smith
T – Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
U – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
V – The Vegetarian by Han Kang
W – The Witches by Stacy Schiff
X – Mr. X by Peter Straub
Y – Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
Z – Zazen by Vanessa Veselka

Many of the books overlap with other lists I’m working on, including Bookcano, Flavorwire’s 50 Scariest, and Bram Stoker’s Winners List, as well as knocking a few old ones off my massive bookcase full of TBR.

Here’s to 2017! Last year I read 87 books. This year my goal is to read 100!

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