When I wrote about Pop Sugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge here in December, I was excited for the inspiration the list gave me. But after the novelty wore off a bit, I set the printed list aside and just kept whittling away at my To Be Read pile–or Kindle queue, as the case may be! So I was surprised when I sat down with that list again in August to see just how many of the titles I’d read fit the list, and I’ve added a few more since then. Here’s my recap for 2015 as of the first November.
A book published this year: Any number of them—I choose Whiskey and Charlie
A book written by someone under 30: How’s 32? Jay Asher wrote 13 Reasons Why when he was 32. Actually, that’s when it was published, so maybe he did write it at 30!
A book with nonhuman characters: Lawyer for the Dog (a cute schnauzer) & Leaving Time (elephants)
A book with a number in the title: Second Sister
A funny book: Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
A book by a female author: Seriously?! Too many to count, but I’ll choose The Truth According to Us
A book set in a different country: The Miniaturist
A nonfiction book: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
A book your mom loves: My mom loves Jan Karon’s Mitford series, so even though she hasn’t read the new one, I’ll choose Come Rain or Come Shine
A book based entirely on its cover: Book of Speculation
A memoir: Cider With Rosie
A book you can finish in a day: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Take Me With You
A book with a love triangle: Etta and Otto and Russell and James
A book set in the future: The Heart Goes Last
A book set in high school: Eleanor and Park
A book with a color in the title: A Spool of Blue Thread
A book that made you cry: Before I Go
A book with magic: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
A book by an author you’ve never read before: About forty bazillion of the books I read this year
A book that takes place in your home town: I fudged on this one—how about my home state? You Don’t Have To Live Like This was set in Detroit
A book that was originally written in another language: Little Paris Bookshop
A book set during Christmas: The Christmas Train by David Balducci (review to be posted)
So wowzers, right? There’s a number of other categories I probably just won’t get to because I’d rather read new books right now—so “A book more than 100 years old” will have to wait. There are a couple categories that intrigue me, though: A book that came out the year you were born (1958) and a book written by an author with your same initials (LL). Those sound like fun, but I’ll have to do some sleuthing for those two.
We’re only eight weeks away from the end of 2015–How did you do on your reading challenge this year?
One thought on “Reading challenge redux”
Wow! The fun thing was not feeling the pressure of the list but realizing in the end how it fit after all. Remind me of the 2016 list if there is one. I might give it a go.