Saturday, December 8, 2018

2019 Flourish and Blotts Reading Challenge

Time to sign up for another 2019 reading challenge! I found this Harry Potter-themed challenge and just had to join in the fun. You can see their challenge post on Instagram here.

There are 52 total prompts, each corresponding to a character, class, or other concept from Harry Potter. You can do any number of them, but the levels are Ron = 12 prompts, Harry = 24 prompts, and Hermione = 52 prompts. Naturally I'm aiming for Hermione, but not putting too much pressure on myself.

Here are the prompts, and I'll fill in the books I read for them throughout the year:

  1. Harry: (re)Read a Harry Potter book
  2. Ron: Read a book under 200 pages
  3. Hermione: Read a book over 500 pages
  4. Ginny: Read a poetry book
  5. Luna Lovegood: Read a book about creativity or something unusual
  6. Fred & George: Reada  book with twins in it
  7. Fleur Delacour: Read a book translated from another language
  8. Dumbledore's Army: Read a book about social justice or a current issue
  9. Professor McGonagall: Read a book with a strong female lead
  10. Dumbledore: Read a book involving a school or teacher
  11. Gilderoy Lockhart: Read a book from a celebrity book club
  12. Umbridge: Read a book with a pink cover
  13. Snape: Read a book that includes page 394
  14. Newt: Read a book containing a fantastic beast (any beast that can be found in the Fantastic Beasts textbook)
  15. Bathilda Bagshot: Read a book written by a woman
  16. Godric: Read a book that represents Gryffindor's values
  17. Helga: Read a book that represents Hufflepuff's values
  18. Rowena: Read a book that represents Ravenclaw's values
  19. Salazar: Read a book that represents Slytherin's values
  20. The Chosen One: Read a book that mentions Harry Potter in it
  21. He Who Must Not Be Named: Read a book with a character that shares a name with a character from Harry Potter
  22. Deathly Hallows: Read a book with a symbol on the cover
  23. Gryffindor: Read a book recommended by a Gryffindor
  24. Hufflepuff: Read a book recommended by a Hufflepuff
  25. Ravenclaw: Read a book recommended by a Ravenclaw
  26. Slytherin: Read a book recommended by a Slytherin
  27. House Cup: Read a book that has won an award
  28. Quidditch: Read a book involving a sport
  29. Wizarding Radio: Listen to an audiobook
  30. Hogwarts Library: Read a book you checked out from the library or borrowed from a friend
  31. Herbology: Read a book related to nature
  32. Potions: Read a book with potions, alchemy, or chemistry in it
  33. Astronomy: Read a book with a star on the cover or in the title
  34. Defense Against the Dark Arts: Read a book about Good vs. Evil
  35. Transfiguration: Read a book about a huge change
  36. History of Magic: Read a historical fiction
  37. Charms: Read a book with a charming cover
  38. Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book with an animal on the cover
  39. Arithmancy: Read a book with a number in the title
  40. Ancient Runes: Read a book set before you were born
  41. Flying: Read a book with a bird on the cover
  42. Divination: Read a book that includes prophecy or fortune telling
  43. Muggle Studies: Read a memoir or biography
  44. Apparition: Read a book set somewhere you want to travel
  45. Restricted Section: Read a banned book
  46. Durmstrang: Read a book with a boat in it
  47. Beauxbatons: Read a book by a French author
  48. Ilvermorny: Read a book by an American author
  49. Gringotts: Read a book with gold foiling
  50. Flourish and Blotts: Read a 2019 release
  51. The Dark Mark: Read a book with a dark cover
  52. Hogwarts: A History: Read a book that intimidates you

2019 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

It's time to sign up for 2019 reading challenges! So I'll start with the challenge I've probably attempted more times than any other, the Mount TBR Reading Challenge. I always start with the smallest level, Pike's Peak (read 12 books off your TBR pile); sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. Of course, at that speed, I will almost certainly die before finishing even the TBR pile I have now, never mind all the books I'm still gonna buy over the decades!

So, because 12 books a year off my pile is clearly not enough, and also because the rules have changed this year to allow rereads in certain circumstances (and I have some serious reread plans coming up, including the Harry Potter books!), I'm gonna be wildly ambitious and start at not the first, not the second, but the third peak! Mt. Vancouver! 36 books off my TBR pile! Wish me luck, and the strength to resist taking out every library book that catches my eye.

I'll list the books I read for this challenge below.