reading challenges

Classics Won’t Kill You (Read 50 classics in 10 years. Starting 1/1/14.)

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams (April ’14)

2. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (May ’14)

3. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (June ’14)

4. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Nov. ’14)

5. The Pearl by John Steinbeck (Jan. ’15)

6. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James (Oct. ’15)–it almost killed me

Stephen King (Read or reread all of Stephen King’s books. Started 1/1/12.)

1. Carrie (reread, March 2012)

2. ‘Salem’s Lot (reread, September 2015)

3. The Shining (reread, August 2014)

4. Rage (reread May 2015)

5. Night Shift–short story collection

6. The Stand (reread, August 2013)

7. The Long Walk

8. The Dead Zone

9. Firestarter

10. Roadwork

11. Cujo

12. The Running Man

13. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger

14. Creepshow–comic

15. Different Seasons–novella collection

16. Christine

17. Pet Sematary (reread March ’15)

18. Cycle of the Werewolf

19. The Talisman–with Peter Straub

20. Thinner

21. Skeleton Crew–short story collection

22. It

23. The Eyes of the Dragon

24. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

25. Misery

26. The Tommyknockers

27. The Dark Half

28. Four Past Midnight–novella collection

29. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

30. Needful Things

31. Gerald’s Game

32. Dolores Claiborne

33. Nightmares & Dreamscapes–short story collection

34. Insomnia

35. Rose Madder

36. The Green Mile

37. Desperation

38. The Regulators

39. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

40. Bag of Bones

41. Storm of the Century–screenplay

42. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

43. Hearts in Atlantis

44. The Plant

45. Dream Catcher

46. Black House–with Peter Straub

47. Everything’s Eventual–short story collection

48. From a Buick 8

49. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

50. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

51. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

52. The Colorado Kid

53. Cell

54. Lisey’s Story (read July 2014)

55. Blaze

56. Duma Key

57. Just After Sunset–short story collection

58. Ur

59. Throttle–with Joe Hill

60. Under the Dome (read August 2013)

61. American Vampire–comic

62. Blockade Billy

63. Full Dark, No Stars–novella collection

64. Mile 81

65. 11/22/63

66. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole

67. A Face in the Crowd–with Stewart O’Nan

68. In the Tall Grass–with Joe Hill

69. Guns

70. Joyland (read October 2013)

71. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

72. Doctor Sleep (February 2015)

73. Mr. Mercedes

74. Revival

75. Finders Keepers

Prey Challenge (Read or reread all of John Sandford’s Prey books. Started 12/1/11.)

1. Rules of Prey (reread Dec. 2011)

2. Shadow Prey (reread Sept. 2012)

3. Eyes of Prey (reread Sept. 2013)

4. Silent Prey (reread Dec. 2013)

5. Winter Prey (reread Dec. 2015)

6. Night Prey

7. Mind Prey

8. Sudden Prey

9. Secret Prey

10. Certain Prey

11. Easy Prey

12. Chosen Prey

13. Mortal Prey

14. Naked Prey

15. Hidden Prey

16. Broken Prey

17. Invisible Prey

18. Phantom Prey

19. Wicked Prey

20. Storm Prey

21. Buried Prey

22. Stolen Prey

23. Silken Prey

24. Field of Prey

25. Gathering Prey

Alex Delaware (Read or reread all of Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware books. Started July 2014.)

1. When the Bough Breaks (reread August 2014)

2. Blood Test

3. Over the Edge

4. Silent Partner

5. Time Bomb

6. Private Eyes

7. Devil’s Waltz

8. Bad Love

9. Self-Defense

10. The Web

11. The Clinic

12. Survival of the Fittest

13. Monster

14. Dr. Death

15. Flesh and Blood

16. The Murder Book

17. A Cold Heart

18. Therapy

19. Rage

20. Gone

21. Obsession

22. Compulsion

23. Bones

24. Evidence

25. Deception

26. Mystery

27. Guilt

28. Killer

Printz Project (Read all the Printz winners and honor books.)

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, with art by Jillian Tamaki

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

In Darkness by Nick Lake

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

The Returning by Christine Hinwood

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Nothing by Janne Teller

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance of 1973 by John Barnes

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Nation by Terry Pratchett

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Dreamquake, Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox

One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke

Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Volume I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Black Juice by Margo Lanagan

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth, a Photographic Biography by Elizabeth Partridge

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Keesha’s House by Helen Frost

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

My Heartbeat by Garrett Freymann-Weyr

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

A Step from Heaven by An Na

The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson

Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art by Jan Greenberg

Freewill by Chris Lynch

True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond

Many Stones by Carolyn Coman

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Skellig by David Almond

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

Carnegie Medal Winners (Read all the Carnegie Medal Winners.)

1936–Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome

1937–The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett

1938–The Circus is Coming by Noel Streatfeild

1939–Radium Woman by Eleanor Doorly

1940–Visitors from London by Kitty Barne

1941–We Couldn’t Leave Dinah by Mary Treadgold

1942–The Little Grey Men by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford

1943–no prize

1944–The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater

1945–no prize

1946–The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

1947–Collected Stories for Children by Walter De La Mare

1948–Sea Change by Richard Armstrong

1949–The Story of Your Home by Agnes Allen

1950–The Lark on the Wing by Elfrida Vipont Foulds

1951–The Woolpack by Cynthia Harnett

1952–The Borrowers by Mary Norton

1953–A Valley Grows Up by Edward Osmond

1954–Knight Crusader by Ronald Welch

1955–The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon

1956–The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

1957–A Grass Rope by William Mayne

1958–Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philipa Pearce

1959–The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff

1960–The Making of Man by Dr. I.W. Cornwall

1961–A Stranger at Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston

1962–The Twelve and the Genii by Pauline Clarke

1963–Time of Trial by Hester Burton

1964–Nordy Bank by Sheena Porter

1965–The Grange at High Force by Philip Turner

1966–no prize

1967–The Owl Service by Alan Garner

1968–The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris

1969–The Edge of the Cloud by Kathleen Peyton

1970–The God Beneath the Sea by Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen

1971–Josh by Ivan Southall

1972–Watership Down by Richard Adams

1973–The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

1974–The Stronghold by Mollie Hunter

1975–The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

1976–Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark

1977–The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler by Gene Kemp

1978–The Exeter Blitz by David Rees

1979–Tulku by Peter Dickinson

1980–City of Gold by Peter Dickinson

1981–Scarecrows by Robert Westall

1982–The Haunting by Margaret Mahy

1983–Handles by Jan Mark

1984–The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

1985–Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland

1986–Granny was a Buffer Girl by Berlie Doherty

1987–The Ghost Drum by Susan Price

1988–A Pack of Lies by Geraldine McCaughrean

1989–Goggle-Eyes by Anne Fine

1990–Wolf by Gillian Cross

1991–Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

1992–Flour Babies by Anne Fine

1993–Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

1994–Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin

1995–His Dark Materials: Book 1: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

1996–Junk by Melvin Burgess

1997–River Boy by Tim Bolwer

1998–Skellig by David Almond

1999–Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

2000–The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo

2001–The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

2002–Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

2003–A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

2004–Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

2005–Tamar by Mal Peet

2007–Just in Case by Meg Rosoff

2008–Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

2009–Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

2010–The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2011–Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

2012–A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

2013–Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

2014–The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks


Newbery Medal Winners (Read all the Newbery Medal Winners)

2015–The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

2014–Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

2013–The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

2012–Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

2011–Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

2010–When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

2009–The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2008–Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

2007–The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

2006–Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

2005–Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

2004–The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo

2003–Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

2002–A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

2001–A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

2000–Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

1999–Holes by Louis Sachar

1998–Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

1997–The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

1996–The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

1995–Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

1994–The Giver by Lois Lowry

1993–Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

1992–Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1991–Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

1990–Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

1989–Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

1988–Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

1987–The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

1986–Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

1985–The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

1984–Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

1983–Dicey’s Song by Cynthian Voigt

1982–A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard

1981–Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

1980–A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos

1979–The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

1978–Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

1977–Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

1976–The Grey King by Susan Cooper

1975–M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton

1974–The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

1973–Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead

1972–Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

1971–Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

1970–Sounder by William H. Armstrong

1969–The High King by Lloyd Alexander

1968–From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

1967–Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

1966–I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

1965–Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska

1964–It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville

1963–A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

1962–The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

1961–Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

1960–Onion John by Joseph Krumgold

1959–The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

1958–Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith

1957–Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

1956–Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

1955–The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

1954–…And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold

1953–Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

1952–Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

1951–Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

1950–The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

1949–King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

1948–The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

1947–Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

1946–Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

1945–Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

1944–Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

1943–Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

1942–The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds

1941–Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

1940–Daniel Boone by James Daugherty

1939–Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

1938–The White Stag by Kate Seredy

1937–Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

1936–Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

1935–Dobry by Monica Shannon

1934–Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs

1933–Young Fu of the Upper Yantze by Elizabeth Lewis

1932–Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer

1931–The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth

1930–Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

1929–The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

1928–Gay neck the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

1927–Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926–Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

1925–Tales from the Silver Lands by Charles Finger

1924–The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes

1923–The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922–The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon

Since I Was Born (Read a book from each year since I was born. Started 11/2013.)



1966–Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (reread)

1967–The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

1968–A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin


1970–Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell

1971–The First Sunrise by Charles P. Mountford and Ainslie Roberts

1972–Watership Down by Richard Adams

1973–The Princess Bride by William Goldman

1974–House of Stairs by William Sleator

1975–‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

1976–Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

1977–The Shining by Stephen King (reread)


1979–The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

1980–So Long a Letter by Miriama Ba



1983–Pet Sematary by Stephen King (reread)

1984–The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (reread)

1985–When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman (reread)

1986–The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (reread)


1988–The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell




1992–Along Came a Spider by James Patterson (reread)

1993–A History of US: War, Terrible War 1855-1865 by Joy Hakim

1994–A History of US: Reconstruction and Reform 1865-1896 by Joy Hakim

1995–Kiss the Girls by James Patterson (reread)

1996–Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers

1997–The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson


1999–The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


2001–Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay

2002–When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

2003–The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

2004–The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

2005–Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

2006–Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block

2007–Never Enough by Joe McGinniss

2008–A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, and Paul Buhle

2009–Riot by Walter Dean Myers

2010–This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the 15 Worst Environmental Disasters around the World by Robert Emmet Hernan

2011–There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

2012–Revival: You’re Among Friends (vol. 1) by Tim Seeley with art by Mike Norton

2013–More Than This by Patrick Ness

2014–Revival: A Faraway Place (vol. 3) by Tim Seeley with art by Mike Norton

2015–Revelations by Paul Jenkins with art by Humberto Ramos

104×4 (Read 4 books in each of the following 104 categories that I chose sort of haphazardly as things that interested me. Most are topics, but a few are genres. Each book can only count for one category. If I have more than one book from a series, they can only be used if in different categories. Started Nov. 2013.)

1. school shootings:

Rage by Stephen King (May “15, fiction, reread)

2. fairy tales:

The Fisherman and His Soul and Other Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde (March ‘14)

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann (Dec. ’14, poetry)

3. folklore:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (March ’15, based on Celtic folklore)

The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess (April ’15, comics)

4. mythology:

Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block (Dec. ‘13, retelling)

Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess by Saraswati Nagpal (Feb. ‘14, comics)

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell (August ’14)

The First Sunrise: Australian Aboriginal Myths text by Charles P. Mountford, paintings by Ainslie Roberts (Sept. ’14)

5. genocide:

Night by Elie Wiesel (Jan. ’15, memoir)

Genocide by Jane Springer (June ’15, non-fiction)

6. war:

A History of US: War, Terrible War 1855-1865 by Joy Hakim (Jan. ‘14, non-fiction)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Nov. ’14, fiction, reread)

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo (Jan. ’15, memoir)

I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached (Feb. ’15, graphic memoir)

7. related to war:

Riot by Walter Dean Myers (Dec. ‘13, historical fiction, draft riots during Civil War)

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka (Feb. ‘14, historical fiction, Japanese internment camps during WWII)

Resistance by Karen Jablonski and Leland Purvis (Feb. ’15, historical fiction, French resistance during WWII)

8. child soldiers:

War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay and Daniel Lafrance (Feb. ’15, comics)

9. specific foods:

10. gardening:

11. eating ethically:

Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea by Kennedy Warne (March ’14, non-fiction)

12. garbage:

13. ghosts:

Revival: A Faraway Place (vol. 3) by Tim Seeley with art by Mike Norton (Feb. ‘14, comics)

The Shining by Stephen King (August ’14)

Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery by Dave Roman, et al. (August ’14, comics)

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (August ’14, comics, reread)

14. true crime:

Every Woman’s Nightmare by Steven Long (Nov. ‘13, non-fiction)

Never Enough by Joe McGinniss (April ’13, non-fiction)

Bitter Brew: Faith, Power, and Poison in a Small New England Town by Christine Ellen Young (August ’15, non-fiction)

15. Africa:

16. specific African countries:

Aya by Marguerite Abouet, with art by Clement Oubrerie (March ’15, fiction, comics, everyday life in 1970s Cote d’Ivoire)

17. feminism:

Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (Dec. ‘13, non-fiction)

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (May ’14, play)

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Jan. ’15, essays)

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (April ’15, essay)

18. sex:

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi (Feb. ‘14, graphic memoir)

Sex Criminals, Volume One: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Aug. ’15, comic)

19. natural history:

Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences by Mark Siddall (August ’14, non-fiction)

20. environmental issues:

This Borrowed Earth: Lessons Learned from the 15 Worst Environmental Disasters Around the World by Robert Emmet Hernan (Nov. ‘13, non-fiction)

Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers (May ’14, non-fiction)

21. Burma:

22. disease:

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson (Nov. ’14, non-fiction)

Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt (August ’15, graphic memoir)

23. mental illness:

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney (Feb. ‘14, graphic memoir)

Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories about Mental Illness by Darryl Cunningham (May ’14, non-fiction, comics)

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (July ’14, fiction)

Outside the Box by Dan Allosso (July ’14, fiction)

24. books and reading:

500 Great Books for Teens by Anita Silvey (Nov. ‘13, non-fiction)

Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge (May ’14, fiction)

Among Others by Jo Walton (April ’15, fiction)

25. economics:

Economix: How Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures by Michael Goodwin, illustrated by Dan E. Burr (Feb. ‘14, non-fiction, graphic novel)

26. 9/11:

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (July ’14, fiction)

27. travel:

28. women in science:

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout  by Lauren Redniss (May ’15, non-fiction, illustrated)

29. evolution:

30. post-apocalyptic/dystopian:

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Nov. ‘13, fiction)

Jericho Season 4 by Kalinda Vasquez, Dan Shotz, and Robert Levine (Feb. ’15, comics)

Y: The Last Man Volume One: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (Feb. ’15, comics)

Smoke/Ashes by Alex de Campi (April ’15, comics)

31. serial killer:

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (April ’14, fiction)

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson (October ’15, fiction, reread)

32. cold/winter:

Winter Prey by John Sandford (Dec. ’15, fiction)

33. zombies:

Revival: Live Like You Mean It (vol. 2) by Tim Seeley with art by Mike Norton (Feb. ‘14, fiction, comics)

The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye (vol. 1) by Robert Kirkman, with arty by Tony Moore (Feb. ’14, fiction, comics)

34. Middle East:

Touch by Adania Shibli (Jan. ’15, fiction)

Cairo by G. Willow Wilson (March ’15, fiction, comics)

35. boarding school/private school:

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (Dec. ‘13, historical fiction)

Morning Glories: For a Better Future volume one by Nick Spencer with art by Joe Eisma (Feb. ‘14, fiction, comics)

True Murder by Yaba Badoe (Oct. ’14, fiction)

Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana (June ’15, short stories with some set in Ugandan boarding school)

36. suicide:

Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi (Feb. ’15, non-fiction, comics)

37. Victorian England:

38. the Yugoslav Wars:

39. the human body:

40. music:

Solanin by Inio Asano (Feb. ‘14, fiction, manga)

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, with art by Jamie McKelvie (April ’15, fiction, comics)

41. chemical elements:

42. glbq:

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (March ’14, graphic memoir)

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (June ’14, fiction, comics, reread)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (July ’14, fiction)

Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters (July ’14, fiction)

43. transgender:

Wandering Son, volume 4 by Shimura Takako (August ’15, manga)

44. superheroes:

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks (Jan. ’15, comics)

Batgirl Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone (Feb. ’15, comics)

El Deafo by Cece Bell (Feb. ’15, memoir, comics)

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew (Feb. ’15, comics)

45. witches:

Umineko When They Cry Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch by Ryukishi07 (May ’14, fiction, manga)

46. lady cops/lady detectives:

Revival: You’re Among Friends (vol. 1) by Tim Seeley with art by Mike Norton (Feb. ‘14, fiction, comics)

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel (Sept. ’15, fiction)


Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story by Frederick Peeters (Feb. ‘14, graphic memoir)

48. princesses:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (May ’14, fiction)

49. plants:

50. insects:

51. birds:

Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds by Miyoko Chu (July ’15)

52. mammals:

Watership Down by Richard Adams (April ’14, fiction)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler(January ’15, fiction)

53. reptiles:

54. immigrant experience:

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Dec. ‘13, fiction, reread)

A History of US: Reconstruction and Reform, 1865-1896 by Joy Hakim (March ’14, non-fiction, reread)

55. cloning/genetic manipulation:

Y: The Last Man Volume Nine: Motherland by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

56. religion:

Boxers/Saints by Gene Luen Yang (Dec. ‘13, fiction, graphic novels)

Revelations by Paul Jenkins, illustrated by Humerto Ramos (Feb. ’15, fiction, comics)

57. road trips:

58. autism/Aspergers:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (June ’14, fiction, reread)

59. India:

60. water:

Low, Volume One, The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini (Aug. ’15, fiction, comic)

61. dogs:

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (April ’14, poetry)

62. cats:

63. creativity:

The Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler (August ’14, non-fiction)

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge (Feb. ’15, fiction, comics)

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (March ’15, fiction, comics)

64. colonialism/post-colonialism:

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo (Jan. ’15, short stories)

65. parasites:

Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Faith Erin Hicks (Feb. ’15, fiction, comics)

Parasite by Mira Grant (September ’15, fiction, sci-fi)

66. twins:

Morning Glories: All Will Be Free (volume two) by Nick Spencer, with art by Joe Eisma (Feb. ‘14, fiction)

A Bride’s Story, Volume 4 by Kaoru Mori (Feb. ‘14, historical fiction)

67. science and science literacy:

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine (Jan. ‘14, non-fiction)

Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams by Darryl Cunningham (Feb. ’15, graphic non-fiction)

68. the Great Depression:

69. Halloween:

Umineko When They Cry Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch, Volume 1 by Ryukiski07 (August ’14, fiction, manga)

70. language:

71. Southeast Asia:

72. islands:

Findings: Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World by Kathleen Jamie (March ’14)

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (March ’14, fiction)

Umineko When They Cry Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, Volume 2 by Ryukishi07 (May ’14, fiction)

Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki (Feb. ’15, non-fiction, comics)

73. the arts:

74. China:

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez (Feb. ’15, graphic memoir short stories)

75. climate change:

76. South America:

77. racism:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Jan. ‘14, historical fiction)

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (May ’14, historical fiction, magical realism)

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (Nov. ’14, mystery)

March, Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell (Feb. ’15, graphic autobiography)

78. poverty/classism:

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Jan. ‘14, fiction)

79. news media/journalism:

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone (Feb. ‘14, non-fiction)

80. Native Americans/First Nations:

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell (Jan. ‘14, historical fiction)

Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie (July ’15, fiction)

81. sisters:

82. brothers:

De: Tales, Stories from Urban Brazil by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba (August ’14, short stories, comics)

83. awesome families:

Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay (Jan. ‘14, fiction)

Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples (Feb. ‘14, fiction)

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (April ’14)

84. American imperialism :

A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, and Paul Buhle (Jan. ‘14, non-fiction)

85. midwives:

86. Canada:

87. Mexico:

The Pearl by John Steinbeck (Jan. ’15, fiction)

88. the Caribbean:

Cuba: My Revolution by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel (March ’15, memoir, comics)

An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President by Randall Robinson (July ’15, non-fiction)

89. the Peace Corps:

90. hiking:

91. the Great Lakes:

92. invisible illnesses:

93. zoos:

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff (Jan. ‘14, fiction)

94. trees:

95. cancer:

Stitches by David Small (Feb. ‘14, memoir)

96. time travel:

Morning Glories: P.E. (volume three) by Nick Spencer, with art by Joe Eisma (Feb. ‘14, fiction)

97. arranged marriage:

A Bride’s Story, Volume One by Kaoru Mori (Feb. ‘14, historical fiction)

98. polygamy:

So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (April ’14)

99. consumerism:

Feed by M.T. Anderson (May ’15, dystopian fiction)

100. writing:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (March ’15, memoir, poetry)

101. death and dying:

102. fat:

103. householding/homesteading/etc.:

104. in the courtroom:

Ana’s Ladies. (Read all the novels of Diana Wynne Jones, Frances Hardinge, and Eva Ibbotson.)

>Diana Wynne Jones:

Charmed Life

The Lives of Christopher Chant

Conrad’s Fate

Witch Week

The Magician’s of Caprona

Mixed Magics

The Pinhoe Egg

The Spellcoats

Cart and Cwidder

Drowned Ammet

Crown of Dalemark

Dark Lord of Derkholm

Year of the Griffin

Howl’s Moving Castle

Castle in the Air

House of Many Ways

Deep Secret

The Merlin Conspiracy


Witch’s Business

The Ogre Downstairs


Eight Days of Luke

The Power of Three

The Time of the Ghost

The Homeward Bounders

Fire and Hemlock

A Tale of Time City

Wild Robert

Aunt Maria

A Sudden Wild Magic


Emma Hittims

The Game

Enchanted Glass

Earwig and the Witch

Vile Visitors

The Islands of Chaldea

>Frances Hardinge:

Fly by Night

Twilight Robbery

Verdigris Deep

The Lost Conspiracy

A Face Like Glass

Cuckoo’s Song

The Lie Tree

>Eva Ibbotson:

The Great Ghost Rescue

Which Witch?

The Worm & the Toffee Nosed Princess

The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood (aka The Haunting of Hiram and The Haunting of Granite Falls)

Not Just a Witch

The Secret of Platform 13


Monster Mission (aka Island of the Aunts)

Journey to the River Sea

The Star of Kazan

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

The Dragonfly Pool

The Ogre of Oglefort

One Dog and His Boy

The Abominables

The Countess Below the Stairs (aka The Secret Countess)

Magic Flutes (aka The Reluctant Heiress)

A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories

A Company of Swans

Madensky Square

The Morning Gift

A Song for Summer


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