Monday, November 19, 2018

2019 Middle Grade Reading Challenge

Girl reading a book by Federico Zandomeneghi

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum of 6

Option 1: Read six middle grade books of your choice.
Option 2: Choose one author to focus on. Perhaps read through an entire author's work.
Option 3: Read as few as six, or as many as you like, from the checklist below

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

 _1. Title beginning with A
_2. Author beginning with A
_3. Title beginning with B
_4. Author beginning with B
_5. Title beginning with C
_6. Author beginning with C
_7. Title beginning with D
_8. Author beginning with D
_9. Title beginning with E
_10. Author beginning with E
_11. Title beginning with F
_12. Author beginning with F
_13. Title beginning with G
_14. Author beginning with G
_15. Title beginning with H
_16. Author beginning with H
_17. Title beginning with I
_18. Author beginning with I
_19. Title beginning with J
_20. Author beginning with J
_21. Title beginning with K
_22. Author beginning with K
_23. Title beginning with L
_24. Author beginning with L
_25. Title beginning with M
_26. Author beginning with M
_27. Title beginning with N
_28. Author beginning with N
_29. Title beginning with O
_30. Author beginning with O
_31. Title beginning with P
_32. Author beginning with P
_33. Title or Author beginning with Q
_34. Title beginning with R
_35. Author beginning with R
_36. Title beginning with S
_37. Author beginning with S
_38. Title beginning with T
_39. Author beginning with T
_40. Title or Author beginning with U
_41. Title or Author beginning with V or W
_42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
_43. Title beginning with Y
_44. Author beginning with Y
_45. Title or Author beginning with Z
_ 46 children's book published in the 1860s
_ 47. children's book published in the 1870s
_ 48. children's book published in the 1880s
_ 49. children's book published in the 1890s
_ 50. children's book published in the 1900s
_ 51. children's book published in the 1910s
_ 52. children's book published in the 1920s
_ 53. children's book published in the 1930s
_ 54. children's book published in the 1940s
_ 55. children's book published in the 1950s
_ 56. children's book published in the 1960s
_ 57. children's book published in the 1970s
_ 58. children's book published in the 1980s
_ 59. children's book published in the 1990s
_ 60. children's book published in the 2000s
_ 61. children's book published in the 2010s
_ 62. children's book published in 2019
_ 63. a Newbery Winner
_ 64. a Newbery Honor
_ 65. nonfiction
_ 66. poetry
_ 67. graphic novel
_ 68. first in a series
_ 69. any book in a series
_ 70. last book in a series
_ 71. science fiction
_ 72. fantasy
_ 73. mystery
_ 74. animal fantasy
_ 75. realistic/contemporary
_ 76. coming of age
_ 77. action, adventure
_ 78. historical fiction
_ 79. historical fiction, world war I
_ 80. historical fiction, world war II
_ 81. historical fiction, civil rights
_ 82. historical fiction, civil war
_ 83. historical fiction, great depression
_ 84. reread
_ 85. library
_ 86. free choice
_ 87. another free choice
_ 88. biography or autobiography
_ 89.written in first person
_ 90. written in third person
_ 91. verse novel
_ 92. illustrated "notebook" or diary
_ 93. out of print
_ 94. anniversary reprint of a children's book
_ 95. favorite author
_ 96. new-to-you author
_ 97. YOUR pick for Newbery 2019
_ 98. multiple authors
_ 99. happy, happy
_ 100. oh the sads

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Jamie Ghione 5:15 PM  

I'm in for the checklist option:

Darlene 6:12 PM  

I'm in again for Option 1. Thanks for hosting!

All of my 2019 challenges are on this page:

Beverley Baird 10:30 PM  

What a great idea for a challenge. WIll definitely join - using the checklist.
Thanks for hosting.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

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  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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