2015 Reading Challenge

As I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I happened upon a pin called The 2015 Reading Challenge. It included a list of 50 books suggestions, all of different shapes and sizes, genres and ages, of your own selection, to conquer before the year was up. As I read through the list—including suggestions such as “A Book Your Mom Likes” or “A Book Based Entirely on Its Cover”— I was instantly enchanted and already trying to see what books I would put where, and how fun it would be to actually complete the challenge! A few hours and a vicious hunt through my shelves of books later, I’ve got the final list here. I limited myself to books I haven’t read so as to make the best dent in my unread library as possible. We’ll see, with Torrey and classes and work and everything in between, if I’ll even come close to finishing, but I’m excited to try nonetheless! Enjoy.

2015 Reading Challenge

– A book with more than 500 pages: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
– A classic romance: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
– A book that became a movie: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
– A book published this year: undecided
– A book with a number in the title: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
– A book written by someone under 30: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
– A book with nonhuman characters: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
– A funny book: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
– A book by a female author: Z by Therese Anne Fowler
– A mystery or thriller: So Many Steps to Death by Agatha Christie
– A book with a one-word title: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
– A book of short stories: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
– A book set in a different country: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
– A nonfiction book: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
– A popular author’s first book: Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
– A book from an author you love that you haven’t read: The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
– A book a friend recommended to you: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
– A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
– A book based on a true story: The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
– A book at the bottom of your reading list: The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
– A book your mom loves: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Azimov
– A book that scares you: Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
– A book more than 100 years old: Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney
– A book based entirely on its cover: We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen
– A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t: Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker
– A memoir: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
– A book you can finish in a day: A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
– A book with antonyms in the title: Cold Tea on a Hot Day by Curtiss Ann Matlock
– A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Sixpence House by Paul Collins
– A book that came out the year you were born: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
– A book with bad reviews: The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
– A trilogy: The Space Trilogy by CS Lewis
– A book from your childhood: The King of Shadows by Susan Cooper
– A book with a love triangle: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
– A book set in the future: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
– A book set in high school: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
– A book with a color in the title: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
– A book that made you cry: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
– A book with magic: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Squirel
– A graphic novel: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Davie Gibbons
– A book by an author you’ve never read before: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
– A book you own but have never read: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
– A book that takes place in your hometown: The Painted Sun by Jason MacCannell
– A book that was originally written in a different language: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
– A book set during Christmas: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
– A book written by an author with your same initials:The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
– A play: The Seagull by Anton Chekov
– A banned book: 1984 by George Orwell
– A book based on or turned into a TV show: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
– A book you started but never finished: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

See you in December! Wish me luck!


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  1. Pingback: 2015 Reading Challenge – Revisited! | Words, &c.

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