2015 Reading Challenge – Revisited!

Has it really been a year already?! 2015 flew by! Even though I ended up reading about 65 books this year, I only satisfied 40 of the 50 categories in the Reading Challenge. After about January I started getting antsy and veered off from this list. But these books just about hit the 40 best books I read this year anyway, so it works! Enjoy. My favorites are marked with an asterisk. My extra-favorites are marked with multiple asterisks.

2015 Reading Challenge (More or Less Completed)

– A book with more than 500 pages: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (776 pages)***
– A classic romance: The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (it’s sort of a romance…)
– A book that became a movie: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
– A book published this year: The Story of Monasticism by Greg Peters*
– A book with a number in the title: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
– A book written by someone under 30: (I read a lot of books written by authors under forty, but actually none by any authors under thirty)
– A book with nonhuman characters: Magic by GK Chesterton (the magician says he’s not human, so that counts, right?)
– A funny book: (I guess this wasn’t the year for funny books!)
– A book by a female author: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman*
– A mystery or thriller: House of Leaves by Mark D. Danielewski
– A book with a one-word title: Pensées by Blaise Pascal*
– A book of short stories: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
– A book set in a different country: Letters to Malcolm by CS Lewis
– A nonfiction book: The Idea of a University by John Henry Newman*
– 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: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke*
– A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson**
– A book based on a true story: The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
– A book at the bottom of your reading list (whatever it was, it’s still at the bottom…)
– A book your mom loves: (she kept changing her mind on what she wanted me to read, so this one isn’t my fault)
– A book that scares you: No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
– A book more than 100 years old: De Anima by Aristotle
– A book based entirely on its cover: We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen (I started it!)
– A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t: (I didn’t read it then, and I still don’t want to now. Sorry, Cousin Annie, I’m trying to read Winter Wheat, I really am!)
– A memoir: The History of an Autumn by Christopher Morley
– A book you can finish in a day: A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
– A book with antonyms in the title: The Devil and the Good Lord by Jean-Paul Sartre
– A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
– A book that came out the year you were born: (literally nothing of any interest came out the year I was born… )
– A book with bad reviews: (if it had bad reviews, why would I want to read it, anyway?)
– A trilogy: (I read half of That Hideous Strength and all of Abolition of Man, does that count? Besides, a trilogy isn’t one book so I think that’s not fair)
– A book from your childhood: (if I read it then, why do I have to read it again?)
– A book with a love triangle: Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
– A book set in the future: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
– A book set in high school: Words by Jean-Paul Sartre (he goes through high school, so…)
– A book with a color in the title: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson*
– A book that made you cry: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
– A book with magic: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel
– A graphic novel: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
– A book by an author you’ve never read before: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (started it! and it’s addictively good)*
– A book you own but have never read: The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee**
– A book that takes place in your hometown: East of Eden by John Steinbeck (I mean, Salinas Valley is close enough…)**
– A book that was originally written in a different language: Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
– A book set during Christmas: (you can’t read a Christmas book unless it’s actually Christmastime, and when Christmastime came around and I had finals, I was just…no)
– A book written by an author with your same initials (what if I read a book titled Ellie, by Mike Wu, can that count?)
– A play: The Seagull by Anton Chekov*
– A banned book: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
– A book based on or turned into a TV show: (I wanted to give Game of Thrones or Outlander a try, but I just ran out of time)
– A book you started but never finished: Girl Sleuth by Melanie Rehak (it’s still not finished…)

If you want to look at the original list, click here.


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