I don’t think it’s a secret that I love to read. And I love challenges! PopSugar just published their 2015 Reading Challenge, which includes a list of types of books and not a list of specific books. I’ve decided to take it, but I’ll need some help with recommendations. Feel free to comment below if you have recommendations for any of the categories!
I’ll update the blog as I read with the book and I read and what I thought of it! And let me know if you’re playing along, too!
Currently reading – The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
1. A book with more than 500 pages
April 4 – It’s taken me about a month, but I finally finished The Stand by Stephen King. Over 1000 pages long, it’s the longest book I’ve read, and also one of the best. It kept me engaged for all 1000 page. A solid, well written, suspenseful, curious novel. Highly recommend.
2. A classic romance
3. A book that became a movie
January 1 – I read Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, in one sitting tonight. I’d been wanting to read it ever since I saw the movie trailer, but kept putting it off. It was a great mix of storytelling and introspection. It definitely motivates and inspires me to do things I didn’t think I was capable of, and really makes me want to visit Crater Lake!
4. A book published this year
February 15 – The reviews said that if you loved Gone Girl, you should read The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins, so I read it. Has similar plot twists and turns, but not as well written as Gone Girl. Still worth a read!
5. A book with a number in the title
6. A book written by someone under 30
7. A book with nonhuman characters
April 15 – Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. The sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. A great follow up, and with characters like talking dogs and soulless hollows, I can’t wait for the next one!
8. A funny book
9. A book by a female author
January 10 – I picked up The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald on a recent trip to RiverRun Bookstore. It’s a short book, only 123 pages. It offers a glimpse into the life of a woman who chooses to open a book store in a small town that doesn’t seem to understand the beauty or the importance of books.
10. A mystery or thriller
11. A book with a one-word title
12. A book of short stories
13. A book set in a different country
January 18 – My book club picked The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes for this month’s discussion. Set in London in 1960 and 2003, tales of love lost and found. A great read!
14. A nonfiction book
15. A popular author’s first book
16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
February 11 – My mother has always been a fan of Alice Hoffman, and in the last few years I’ve also come to love her novels. I hadn’t read The Story Sisters yet, and while I liked it, it’s definitely not my favorite Hoffman novel. It was little slow moving and the main character was not one I was rooting for for most of the novel.
17. A book a friend recommended
July 25 – I do a book club via mail with a friend in Connecticut, and she sent me Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan for this month’s book. An interesting sci-fi novel about a man named Malachi Constant who has all the luck in the world, until he doesn’t anymore. It was Vonnegut’s 2nd novel, published in 1959, and while not my favorite of his, a fun read!
18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
19. A book based on a true story
July 12 – A friend gave me On The Road by Jack Kerouac. I’d never read much about the Beat generation, and I found myself admiring their love of life, yet also thinking that the men Kerouac described were slackers without any regard for responsibility. An interesting read to say the least.
20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
21. A book your mom loves
22. A book that scares you
23. A book more than 100 years old
24. A book based entirely on its cover
25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
26. A memoir
27. A book you can finish in one day
28. A book with antonyms in the title
29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
April 8 – I read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde on recommendation from a friend, and it is partially set in London. I’d love to visit London at some point soon. I’ve wanted to ever since I got into Doctor Who; I want to go see all of the places the Doctor has been there!
30. A book that came out the year you were born
31. A book with bad reviews
32, 33, 34. A trilogy
35. A book from your childhood
36. A book with a love triangle
37. A book set in the future
January 19 – A friend of mine gave me Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for Christmas, and it’s one of the best books that I’ve read recently. A fantastic novel for all of the Sci-Fi enthuiasts, Firefly lovers and gamers out there. Highly recommend!
38. A book set in high school
39. A book with a color in the title
April 20 – I picked up A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor in a pretty little bookstore in Washington, CT. I love historical fiction, and this book was beautiful and sad. Lots of strings that all came together in the end, which is just how I like it.
40. A book that made you cry
41. A book with magic
42. A graphic novel
43. A book by an author you’ve never read before
January 31 – I was given You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz as a gift, and it was a great pick. A little slow moving, but totally drew me in and kept me reading until the end. The perfect quote on the back from People Magazine, “expertly plotted thriller moves along at a slow burn, building up to shocking revelations.”
44. A book you own but have never read
January 25 – I’ve owned Cormac McCarthy’s The Road for a long time, but hadn’t read it until now. A friend in college raved about it when she read it, and I’m glad I finally moved it to the top of my TBR list. A beautiful, sad story.
45. A book that takes place in your hometown
46. A book that was originally written in a different language
47. A book set during Christmas
48. A book written by an author with your same initials
49. A play
50. A banned book
51. A book based on or turned into a TV show
52. A book you started but never finished
Other Books I’ve Read This Year
February 15 – Not Quite Dating (Not Quite #1), by Catherine Bybee
February 18 – Not Quite Mine (Not Quite #2), by Catherine Bybee
February 20 – Not Quite Enough (Not Quite #3), by Catherine Bybee
February 21 – Not Quite Forever (Not Quite #4), by Catherine Bybee
February 22 – The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
April 13 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs (re-read so I could read the sequel, Hollow City)
April 16 – Lost in a Good Book, by Jasper Fforde
April 18 – The Well of Lost Plots, by Jasper Fforde
April 26 – Something Rotten, by Jasper Fforde
May 3 – Thursday Next, First Among Sequels, by Jasper Fforde