2015 Reading Challenge Results

Last year, in an attempt to expand my reading repertoire, I set out to complete a certain ‘reading challenge’ I found online. There were 50 categories in all, each pointing to a different type of book that I wouldn’t necessarily normally gravitate to. Each book could fall under multiple categories, so you will see the same books appearing multiple times.

In total I read 12 books, over 23 categories:

  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
    1. Places I Stopped on the Way Home (by Meg Fee)
  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)
    2. At the Water’s Edge (by Sara Gruen)
    3. All the Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr)
  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
    1. All the Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr)
  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
    1. Places I Stopped on the Way Home (by Meg Fee)
  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
    1. Natchez Burning (by Greg Iles)
  50. A book you started but never finished

Here are a few notes on the categories:

(13) Essentially all of these books took place in a different country. So I’ve adjusted this to ‘books that take place outside of North America’.
(21) My Mom has read and enjoyed quite a few of these books, so I just chose one I could remember
(29) This book takes place in New York City.
(41) I’ve only read two of the authors before, so I just picked one new one to list.
(49) A TV series is currently ‘in development’ with Amazon Studios.

To make it simpler to read, here were the 12 books I read:

Any Known Blood (by Lawrence Hill)
Natchez Burning (by Greg Iles)
We Are Not Ourselves (by Matthew Thomas)
Why Not Me (by Mindy Kaling)
Places I Stopped on the Way Home (By Meg Fee)
Longbourn (by Jo Baker)
The Memory Palace (by Mira Bartok)
The Silver Star (by Jeanette Walls)
Bread and Wine (by Shauna Niequist)
The Wealthy Barber (by David Chilton)
All The Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr)
At the Water’s Edge (by Sara Gruen)

 

Best Book of 2015: Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

Worst Book of 2015: We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas (This is what I noted after reading it: “Slow and depressing. Took a long time to get into but worth it at the end I guess. Good but frustrating and unlikable (till the last quarter) characters. Can outwardly acknowledge it as a good book but I did not enjoy reading it.”

So overall with 23/50 categories complete, my total score is…. 46%. Don’t worry, Fs get degrees. Or something like that. On to 2016!

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