My Challenge

Updated: 17 August 2019

2019 Challenge
This year I plan to stretch myself to read 30 books with an emphasis on fiction!  To diversify my reading and to challenge myself to read more diverse fiction, I have created a new Bingo board to stretch myself into new areas.

Books Read in 2019:
  1. Belinda Bauer - Snap
  2. Oyinkan Braithwaite - My Sister, the Serial Killer
  3. Jim Broadbent and Dix - Dull Margaret
  4. Michael Caine - Blowing the Bloody Doors Off
  5. Nora Ephron - Heartburn
  6. Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  7. Patricia Highsmith - Deep Water
  8. Clive James - Injury Time
  9. Tayari Jones - An American Marriage
  10. Vicki Laveau-Harvie - The Erratics
  11. Michael Lewis - The Fifth Risk
  12. Kate Lilley - Ladylike
  13. Ian McEwan - The Children Act
  14. Heather Morris - The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  15. Michelle Obama - Becoming
  16. Niki Savva - Plots and Prayers
  17. Tara Westover - Educated
  18. Meg Wolitzer - The Wife

BNGO
19th Century
Classic
First Novel
in a Series
Adapted into a
Film/TV Show

McEwan
Australian Literary
 Prize Longlister

Laveau-Harvie
Short Story
Collection
Essay
Collection
Set in Space
or at Sea
Pre-19th Century
Classic
Fiction Based
on a True Story

Ephron
Morris
Current Affairs
/ Politics

Lewis
Book on the
1001 List  

Haddon
Banned Book
Features Strong 
Female Protagonist
Set in the
Future
New York Times
Bestseller

Obama
 Spin-off on from 
a Classic
Mystery or
Crime Novel

Highsmith

Bauer
Booker Prize
 Longlister
Published
in 2019

Savva
20th Century
Classic
Legal Thriller
Biography 
or Memoir

Caine

Westover
Set during
Wartime

Morris
Poetry 
Collection

James
Book with a 
colour in title

Bingo rules: Books can only be used once, even if they fall into multiple categories. 
Bingo can be achieved horizontally, vertically or diagonally.


2018 Challenge
This year I plan to stretch myself to read 30 books. Over the past few years I have read at least two a month, so I will need to pick up the pace a bit to reach my goal. I will update my progress here as I go.

See the results of my 2018 in reading.

Books Read in 2018:
  1. Julia Baird - Victoria: The Queen
  2. Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik - Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  3. Lee Child - Killing Floor
  4. Agatha Christie - The Murder on the Links
  5. Richard Dennis - Dead Right (Quarterly Essay 70)
  6. Nick Drnaso - Sabrina
  7. Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book
  8. Robert Galbraith - Lethal White
  9. Helen Garner - The Spare Room
  10. Helen Garner - Stories
  11. Mohsin Hamid - Exit West
  12. Chris Hammer - Scrublands
  13. Jane Harper - The Lost Man
  14. Chloe Hooper - The Arsonist
  15. Samantha Irby - We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
  16. Rupi Kaur - The Sun and Her Flowers
  17. Sarah Kranostein - The Trauma Cleaner
  18. Bri Lee - Eggshell Skull
  19. Rick Morton - One Hundred Years of Dirt
  20. George Saunders - Lincoln in the Bardo
  21. Rebecca Solnit - Men Explain Things To Me
  22. Julian Stodd - The Social Leadership Handbook
  23. Laura Tingle - Follow the Leader (Quarterly Essay 71)
  24. Bob Woodward - Fear: Trump in the White House

To diversify my reading and to have a bit of fun, I made the following Bingo board with the view to expanding my reading horizons. I wonder how many times I can get Bingo before the year is out.

BNGO
Adapted into a
Film/TV Show

(Agatha Christie)
Biography 
or Memoir

(Notorious RBG)
(Victoria: The Queen)
(Trauma Cleaner)
New York Times
Bestseller

(Robert Galbraith)
Booker Prize
Shortlister

(Exit West)
Poetry
Collection

(Rupi Kaur)
Current Affairs
/ Politics

(Bob Woodward)
Set in Space
or at Sea
Pre-20th Century
Classic
Fiction Based
on a True Story
New-To-Me
Author


(Samantha Irby)
Short Story
Collection

(Heen Garner)
Published
in 2018

(Chris Hammer)
(Chloe Hooper)
Free Choice

(Helen Garner)
Set in the
Future
First Novel
in a Series

(Lee Child)
Written by a
Nobel Laureate

Mystery or
Crime Novel

(Jane Harper)
Stella Prize
Shortlister
Banned Book
20th Century
Classic
Set during
Wartime

(Saunders)
New-To-Me
Genre
Lesser-known Book
by a Famous Author
Essay Collection

(Rebecca Solnit)


Book on the
1001 List
Bingo rules: Books can only be used once, even if they fall into multiple categories. 
Bingo can be achieved horizontally, vertically or diagonally.


2017 Challenge
In 2017 I planned to read 24 books - two a month. I exceeded this target by completing 26 titles:
  1. Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
  2. Agatha Christie - The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  3. Hillary Rodham Clinton - What Happened
  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates - Between the World and Me
  5. Mark Colvin - Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy's Son
  6. Alan Cumming - Not My Father's Son
  7. Daphne Du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel
  8. Carol Dweck - Mindset
  9. Carrie Fisher - The Princess Diarist
  10. Richard Flanagan - Notes on an Exodus
  11. Gillian Flynn - Dark Places
  12. Jane Harper - The Dry 
  13. Jane Harper - Force of Nature
  14. Clive James - Collected Poems
  15. Rupi Kaur - Milk and Honey
  16. Hannah Kent - The Good People
  17. Benjamin Law - Moral Panic 101
  18. David Marr - The White Queen
  19. Ian McGuire - The North Water
  20. Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater
  21. Heather Rose - The Museum of Modern Love
  22. JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  23. Mark Tedeschi - Murder at Myall Creek
  24. JD Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
  25. Sonya Voumard - The Media and the Massacre
  26. Lindy West - Shrill


2016 Challenge
This year I planned to read 24 books - two a month. Got pretty close to my goal with 22 titles read. Here's my 2016 in reading:
  1. James Brown - Firing Line
  2. Graeme Macrae Burnet - His Bloody Project
  3. Tegan Bennett Daylight - Six Bedrooms
  4. Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking
  5. Fleur Ferris - Risk
  6. Clementine Ford - Fight Like a Girl
  7. Anna Funder - The Girl with the Dogs
  8. Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) - Career of Evil
  9. Helen Garner - Everywhere I Look
  10. Stan Grant - The Australian Dream
  11. Helen Macdonald - H is for Hawk
  12. Emily Maguire - An Isolated Incident
  13. George Megalogenis - Balancing Act
  14. Nigel Paine - The Learning Challenge
  15. JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  16. Niki Savva - The Road to Ruin
  17. Gloria Steinem - My Life on the Road
  18. Kate Tempest - Brand New Ancients
  19. Laura Tingle - Political Amnesia
  20. Don Watson - Enemy Within
  21. Jeanette Winterson - Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
  22. Charlotte Wood - The Natural Way of Things