2015 Reading Challenge Results

So last year, for about three months, I tried really hard read books that I might not have read without being challenged to… and then I kind of forgot about it. I had a checklist of all the themes and genres I wanted to read through, but I got hung up on certain books and got distracted by others. I think I did a pretty good job even though I wasn’t reading with intent for most of the year.

Books that People Talk About 

  1. A Giller Prize Winner or Nominee – If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie (unfinished)
  2. A Man Booker Prize winner or nominee
  3. A book by a Nobel prize winning author
  4. Something from the banned book listTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Exploring Genres

  1. A book about business
  2. A romance novel – Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster
  3. A collection of poetry – Dawn of the Algorithm by Yann Rousselot
  4. A graphic novelSaga by Brian Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  5. A self improvement book
  6. A mystery – The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel
  7. A ghost or horror story – Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
  8. A novellaPhotographs & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape
  9. A collection of short stories – Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman
  10. A non-fiction book about science
  11. A non-fiction book about religion
  12. A humourous book – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  13. A high fantasy book – The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
  14. A steampunk book – Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta
  15. A microhistoryAt Home by Bill Bryson (unfinished)
  16. A book written for children or young adults – The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

A Time and Place for Everything

  1. A book set in Asia
  2. A book set in your home country – The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley
  3. A book published more than a hundred years ago – Pollyanna by Elanor Porter
  4. A book with time travel in it – The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
  5. A book published in the year you were born – Little, Big by John Crowley (unfinished)
  6. A book set in South America
  7. A book set in Africa
  8. A book set in Antarctica
  9. A book set in Australia Euphoria by Lily King (technically New Guinea)
  10. A book set in EuropeThe Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Different People, Different Lives

  1. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture
  2. A book about someone with a disability or mental illness – Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
  3. A book written by an author you have never read before – Say You Will by Eric Walters
  4. A book by a first time author – Thunder of Giants by Joel Fishbane
  5. A book originally written in another language – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman
  6. A book with a gay or lesbian main character – Guardian by Alex London
  7. A book about someone from a different culture than your own – Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade
  8. A memoir about an actor or actress – Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  9. A memoir about someone in the music industry
  10. A memoir about an athlete or sports figure
  11. A memoir about a political figure
  12. A book about a trans-gendered person – (SPOILERS)
  13. A book with a main/key character who is old enough to be considered a senior – Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Just For Fun

  1. A book with a blue cover – The Room by Jonas Karlsson
  2. A book where an animal plays a key role –Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  3. A book that someone else has recommended to you – The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  4. A book you want to read just because you love the cover – The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
  5. A book you originally read more than 10 years ago – Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  6. A book you owned for more than a year but have never read (until now) –  Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  7. A book by an author with your same initials
  8. A novel generally read in highschool that you never got to read – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

FINAL TALLY: 33/51

So that’s where we stand. I’m going to try to fit in a few of the categories I missed into my 2016 reading list. I definitely want to try to get a Nobel Laureate in there somewhere.


 Did you meet your reading challenges for 2015? Are there any books you really want to try to read in 2016?

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  1. May I suggest ANYTHING by Toni Morrison for 2016??? I still haven’t read God Help the Child (I was battling some SERIOUS depression when it came out last year and I can’t really read any Morrison when I’m already that depressed) but it’s on my TBR FOR SURE.

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