Curly Carla’s 2017 Reading Challenges

It’s that time of year again! When we get to binge on ALL the xmas books. Now I bet you were thinking, how can we make Xmas reading better than it already is? And the answer is….

::drumroll please::

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Just Another Girl and Her Books along with Caroline Andrus~Author and Blogger came up with this awesome idea. ( I may have encouraged this as well) Anyway, today (November 24th) is the official start of the reading challenge and I thought I should probably add this to my challenge page. Here’s a cute graphic to add to your page if you want to participate as well.
Also, there are levels to the challenge so you can customize it to your liking. I’m going for Elf Status, 1-4 books,  right now cause I have a lot of other challenges I’m doing as well. But if you are more hardcore you can read more. See below for the other levels.
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Ooops, I almost forgot The Rules
This is supposed to be a fun, light-hearted challenge, so the rules will be minimal.
  1. Tell everybody about the 12 Books of Christmas Challenge (#12BooksOfXmas).
  2. Build a blog post or create a Goodreads shelf of the books you intend to read for the challenge (you can see mine here.) You can read outside your list, this is just a starting point. Then come back and add your name to the link-up below. (Be sure to visit the other bloggers to see what they’ll be reading.) Bloggers, please link back to Just Another Girl and Her Books page so others can find the sign-up if they wish to join.
  3. Reviews must be posted between November 24 and December 24. The review link-up will open on November 24th. Bookmark this page to add your reviews as you get them posted.
  4. Any winter holiday themed books count (i.e.: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa etc.)
  5. There are four achievement levels for this challenge, so read as few or as many books as you want.
  6. Have fun!

Let the Xmas reading begin……NOW!

I am only doing two new ones this year and they are very genre specific.  In fact, one gives you the exact book to read for each month, which helps me cause I don’t have to look for books in that genre. 🙂

Plus they have the added incentive of being pretty small, only 12 books per new challenge.  Now, add that to my two I plan on doing every year AND attempting to finish the two I didn’t last year; whew, I have six challenges total this year. Wait, that’s more than last year.  I said I wasn’t going to do more! ::throws hands in the air::   Oh well, here are they are….

Decades of Sci-Fi Reading Challenge being hosted by Sci-Fi and Scary.

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I’m super bummed about this but there is nothing to be done. 😦 

This is the most straightforward challenge. 12 books, 1 a  month, 1 for each decade back to 1900.

You may DNF 2 at the 33% mark.

  1. In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells.  My review
  2. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  My review
  3. The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky
  4. Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  5. What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown
  6. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  7. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  8. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven
  9. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  10. Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson
  11. Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
  12. Blindsight by Peter Watts

Back to the Classics reading challenge being hosted by Books and Chocolate.


Here’s how it works: 12 classic books in a year.

Here are the categories:

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899. Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967.  In the Days of The Comet by H.G. Wells. My Review.

3.  A classic by a woman author.

4.  A classic in translation.

5.  A classic published before 1800.

6.  A romance classic.

7.  A Gothic or horror classic.

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradury. My Review. 

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title. The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. My review.

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit.  The Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum. My Review

11. An award-winning classic.

12. A Russian Classic.

And now, the rest of the rules:

  • All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1967 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously.
  • Books may NOT cross over within this challenge.
  • Children’s classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge. Single short stories and short poems do not count, but you may use epic poems like The Odyssey and short story collections like The Canterbury Tales, as long as it is the entire book.

**Sidenote: there are other rules to this challenge because there are gifts up for grabs.  However, I am not playing to win something. I am just doing it for funnsies.

Ok, I tried to find the new years post for Finishing the Series reading challenge hosted by Bea’s Book Nook but I can’t seem to find it.  So in lieu of that challenge I have made my own entitled CC’s Year of the Finale Challenge. (That’s me)  This challenge is less like a challenge and more like a restriction actually. Here’s the rules:

No starting anymore series until I have finished at least 5 I am currently reading.  So in other words; for every 5 series I finish I can start a new on! 🙂 Hopefully this will curb my urge to start any new series. 🙂  We will see.

Goal: I am going for 10 series this year. Update: I have decided to include series that I never finished but ended up reviewing.

  1. Brightest Kind Of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
  • Lucid (BKOD #2) by P.T. Michelle
  • Destiny (BKOD# 3) by P.T. Michelle
  • Desire (BKOD #4) by P.T. Michelle
  • Awaken (BKOD #5) by P.T. Michelle

2. The Line That Binds (The Line That Binds #1) by J.M. Miller

3. The Diary of Bink Cummings Vol. 1 (MC Chronicles #1) By Bink Cummings

4. The University Park Series by C.M. Doporto

Finishing my 2016 Book Bingo challenge hosted by Just Another Girl and Her Books. I only have three books left on that one!

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Science Fiction:




Finishing the Read Harder Challenge from 2016 hosted by Book Riot.  I have about 14 books to finish to complete this one.

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Read a horror book –> The Spider Catcher by A.L. Tyler
Read a nonfiction book about science –>Climate Change
Read a collection of essays –>
Read a book out loud to someone else –> The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
Read a middle grade novel –> Alistair Grims Odditorium by Gregory Funaro
Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography) –> Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender
Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel –> The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born –>
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award –> Bossypants by Tina Fey
Read a book over 500 pages long –>Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins
Read a book under 100 pages long –> Bound Together by Stormy Smith
Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender –> 90 Days by T.E. Ridener
Read a book that is set in the Middle East –> The Kite Runner
Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia –>
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 –> Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Read the first book in a series by a person of color –>
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years –> When Tangents Meet
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better –> Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes –>
Read a book about religion (fiction or non-fiction) –>Back in the Saddle (Double S Ranch #1) by Ruth Logan Hern
Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or non-fiction) –>The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London
Read a food memoir –>
Read a play –>

Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness –> 90 Days by T.E. Ridener

Ones in red are books I haven’t finished yet…

Normally I would have the Platypire Diversity challenge on here as well, but I just don’t think I have it in me to complete it this year.  So I am sitting this one out this year.  If I finish my others quickly I may start it but for now, I’ll just have to watch from the sidelines cheering everyone on.  Go Team Go!!!!

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