Books: Reading Challenges

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Typically I just read whatever I come across. These are usually staff picks from local bookstores, recommendations from friends, books I see on the shelf at the library, or just titles I hear about in passing. There’s not really a rhyme or a reason. So when I saw that Pop Sugar and Book Riot were offering Reading Challenges, I thought I’d give it a shot. I like the idea of broadening what I read and reading “outside my comfort zone.” Especially with formats, like audiobooks. I’ve never listened to one!

I’ll try to keep this updated. I am not making a list of books ahead of time to fit each category. My plan is for the most part, to just read what I normally do and see where those fall into the categories. I would like to have a unique book for each category (no duplicates) so I am not giving myself a deadline to finish this. The goal isn’t to read more books, but to read about different cultures, from different perspectives. That’s something I should keep doing and not stop after a year.

Started 1.1.15; Updated 12.05.15; Completed 51/74 (Excluding duplicates)


Reading Challenge List

A romance novel Eleanor and Park
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.) The Madman’s Daughter
A book published this year The Girl on the Train
A sci-fi novel The Humans
A book that takes place in Asia The Incarnations
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 Eragon
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 Mr. Mercedes
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people) The Empathy Exams
A book published by an indie press Into the Go-Slow
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ The Paying Guests
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
A book by an author from Africa An African in Greenland
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans,Aboriginals, etc.) Tracks
A microhistory Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants
A YA novel The Girl From the Well
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade Just Kids
An audiobook World War Z
A collection of poetry Citizen: An American Lyric
A book that someone else has recommended to you We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
A book that was originally published in another language Roadside Picnic
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir, comics Seconds
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure The Lost World
A book published before 1850 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”) How To Be An Adult in Relationships

A mystery or thrillerGirl On The Train
A book of short stories
A popular author’s first book
A book based on a true storyTracks
A book at the bottom of your to-read list
A book that scares you
A book more than 100 years oldLegend of Sleepy Hollow
A book with antonyms in the title
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visitThe Nightswimmer
A book that came out the year you were born
A book from your childhood
A book with a love triangleThe Paying Guests
A book that made you cry
A book with magicThe Magicians
A book you own but have never readAn African in Greenland
A book that takes place in your hometown
A book that was originally written in a different languageRoadside Picnic
A book set during ChristmasNOS4A2
A banned book
A book based on or turned into a TV show
A book you started but never finished
A classic romance
A book published this year Mislaid
A book you can finish in a day The Happiness Project
A book set in high school Everything I Never Told You
A play A Streetcar Named Desire
A book with bad reviews In An Unlikely Event
A book with more than 500 pages NOS4A2
A book that became a movie The Lost World
A book with a number in the title Station Eleven
A book written by someone under 30 The Bone Season
A book with nonhuman characters The Android’s Dream
A funny book Mermaids in Paradise
A book by a female author Small Victories
A book with a one-word title Thrown
A book set in a different country The Night Swimmer
A nonfiction book The Sixth Extinction
A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet Heart Shaped Box
A book a friend recommended A Million Miles
A Pulitzer-Prize Winning book Middlesex
A book your mom loves Poisonwood Bible
A book based entirely on its cover Strange Bodies
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t Lord of the Flies
A memoir Relish
A trilogy The Magicians
A book set in the future Annihilation
A book with a color in the title Wolf in White Van
A graphic novel Tomboy
A book by an author you’ve never read before Dirty Job
A book written by an author with your same initials Rooms

Started 1.1.15; Updated 12.05.15; Completed 51/74 (Excluding duplicates)

Anything that has a title next to it but isn’t striked out, is a duplicate.


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