Reading Challenge 2015

Every night I spent reading textbooks over my 7 years of post-secondary, I looked forward to the days when I could read just for enjoyment. Except now, a few months out, with no required (or “recommended”…ha) reading list in sight, standing in the middle of a library full of books can feel pretty daunting. Beyond reading those recommended by family and friends, I often feel lost as to where to start.

Then I came across this ‘reading challenge’ list somewhere online. Not only does it give some jumping off point when looking for something to read, but it also encourages reading something one might normally never pick up. So over the next year, I will attempt to read everything from a book with an antonym in the title, to a book that takes place in my hometown. I doubt I will read 50 separate books, but am sure there will be some overlap.

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
    1. Any Known Blood (by Lawrence Hill)
    2. Natchez Burning (by Greg Iles)
    3. We Are Not Ourselves (by Matthew Thomas)
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year
    1. Why Not Me (by Mindy Kaling)
  5. A book with a number in the title
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book
    1. Why Not Me (by Mindy Kaling)
  9. A book by a female author
    1. Longbourn (by Jo Baker)
    2. The Memory Palace (by Mira Bartok)
    3. The Silver Star (by Jeanette Walls)
    4. Bread and Wine (by Shauna Niequist)
    5. Why Not Me (by Mindy Kaling)
    6. Places I Stopped on the Way Home (by Meg Fee)
    7. At the Water’s Edge (by Sara Gruen)
  10. A mystery or thriller
    1. Natchez Burning (by Greg Iles)
  11. A book with a one-word title
    1. Longbourn (by Jo Baker)
  12. A book of short stories
    1. Bread and Wine (by Shauna Niequist)
    2. Places I Stopped on the Way Home (by Meg Fee)
  13. A book set in a different country
    1. Longbourn (by Jo Baker)
  14. A nonfiction book
    1. The Wealthy Barber (by David Chilton)
  15. A popular author’s first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
    1. The Silver Star (by Jeanette Walls)
  17. A book a friend recommended
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
    1. All the Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr)
  19. A book based on a true story
    1. The Memory Palace (by Mira Bartok)
  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
    1. The Memory Palace (by Mira Bartok)
  27. A book you can finish in a day
    1. Places I Stopped on the Way Home (by Meg Fee)
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
    1. The Wealthy Barber (by David Chilton)
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle
    1. At the Water’s Edge (by Sara Gruen)
  35. A book set in the future
  36. A book set in high school
  37. A book with a colour in the title
    1. The Silver Star (by Jeanette Walls)
  38. A book that made you cry
    1. Places I Stopped on the Way Home (by Meg Fee)
  39. A book with magic
  40. A graphic novel
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before
    1. Longbourn (by Jo Baker)
  42. A book you own but have never read
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished

Current book total: 12
Current category total: 19
Last update: 10/12/15

This post will be updated after every finished read…

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