2024 Reading Challenge – Fast & Slow

Intention: to tackle some great fiction but to do it without the same pressure I put on myself in 2023 when I read 52 books for the year.

I still want to provide myself with a variety of voices and ideas, so I’m going to add reading short stories from the fiction collections on my shelf, as well as online magazines.

Goal: Read 12 novels in 2024 + The Count of Monte Cristo
While: Reading a short story every day, either from the shelf or an online magazine


→All Year

A Count of Monte Cristo
Reading Schedule

→On the Shelf

  1. Chain-gang All-Stars – Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah*
  2. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. The Book of Form and Emptiness – Ruth Ozeki*
  4. An Inheritance of Ashes – Leah Bobet
  5. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
  6. Trouble on Triton – Samuel R. Delany*
  7. Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr
  8. The Pattern Scars – Caitlin Sweet
  9. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin


  1. Wonderbook – Jeff Vandermeer
  2. Writing Fiction – Janet Burroway
  3. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Samin Nosrat*

Fast (Short Fiction)

→Book Collections

  1. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 – John Joseph Adam (Editor), Diana Gabaldon (Editor)
  2. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 – John Joseph Adam (Editor), Veronica Roth (Editor)
  3. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 – John Joseph Adam (Editor), Rebecca Roanhorse (Editor)
  4. The Bloody Crown of Conan – Robert E. Howard
  5. The New Women of Wonder – Pamela Sargent (Editor)
  6. Amazons! – edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

→Online Sources

Augur Magazine
Strange Horizons
Uncanny Magazine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies