2015 Reading Challenge – check in numero tres.

I have made a little progress on the 2015 Reading Challenge since my last check in.  I’m currently reading The Art of Fielding (which is for the category “A book at the bottom of your to-read list”) and Gone With The Wind (haven’t read it in years so it has been fun to revisit – it is for the category “A book with bad reviews,” because it did have bad reviews back in the day but has obviously stood the test of time).  I have Brave New World waiting in the wings (or at the library) and will be reading it the last week of September for the category “A banned book” because – guess what – the last week of September is considered “Banned Book Week”.

Overall, this challenge has been great and I think I’m on track to finish it by December 31!

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2015 Reading Challenge

1. A book with more than 500 pages
The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy – 5 stars

2. A classic romance
The Princess Bride by William Goldman – 4 stars

3. A book that became a movie

4. A book published this year
A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson – 3 stars

5. A book with a number in the title
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes – 3 stars

6. A book written by someone under 30
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – 4 stars

7. A book with nonhuman characters
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – 3 stars

8. A funny book
The Rosie Effect by Graeme C. Simsion – 4 stars

9. A book by a female author
Anne of Ingleside by LM Montgomery – 4 stars

10. A mystery or thriller
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – 4 stars

11. A book set in a different country
Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell – 3 stars

12. A book with a one-word title
Son by Lois Lowry – 5 stars

13. A book of short stories
Single, Carefree, Mellow:  Stories by Katherine Heiny – 3 stars

14. A nonfiction book
Bringing Up Bebe:  One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman – 4 stars

15. A popular author’s first book
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty – 4 stars

16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
Anne’s House of Dreams by LM Montgomery – 3 stars

17. A book a friend recommended
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – 3 stars

18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book
John Adams. by David McCullough – 5 stars

19. A book based on a true story
Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – 3 stars

20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list

21. A book your mom loves
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples – 3 stars

22. A book that scares you
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 4 stars

23. A book more than 100 years old
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 5 stars

24. A book based entirely on the cover
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – 5 stars

25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – 4 stars

26. A memoir
Popular:  Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen – 3 stars

27. A book you can finish in a day
Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation – George Washington (Francis Hawkins’ translation) – 4 stars

28. A book with antonyms in the title
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 3 stars

29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion – 5 stars

30. A book that came out the year you were born
Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart – 4 stars

31. A book with bad reviews

32. A trilogy
The Selection by Kiera Cass – 4 stars
The Elite by Kiera Cass – 4 stars
The One by Kiera Cass – 4 stars

33. A book from your childhood
Christy by Catherine Marshall – 4 stars

34. A book with a love triangle
Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella – 4 stars

35. A book set in the future

36. A book set in high school
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – 4 stars

37. A book with a color in the title
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – 4 stars

38. A book that made you cry
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley – 4 stars

39. A book with magic

40. A graphic novel
Emily the Strange by Cosmic Debris Etc. Inc. – 2 stars

41. A book by an author you’ve never read before
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare – 3 stars

42. A book you own but have never read
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 5 stars

43. A book that takes place in your hometown
No Life for a Lady by Agnes Morley Cleaveland – 4 stars

44. A book that was originally written in a different language
Sophie’s World by  Jostein Gaarder (translated by Paulette Moller) – 2 stars

45. A book set during Christmas

46. A book written by an author with the same initials as you
Simple Pleasures by Alfred Portale – 3 stars

47. A play
4000 Miles by Amy Herzog – 3 stars

48. A banned book

49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell – 3 stars

50. A book you started but never finished

Check in numero tres –
# of books read: 44
# of books remaining: 8

What are you reading?

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9 thoughts on “2015 Reading Challenge – check in numero tres.

  1. Wow, you are almost done! And reading season is just getting started! Very impressive.
    You put so much thought into your different categories, it’s amazing! Hat’s off to your prowess as a reader.

  2. 2 or 3 friends recommended the art of fielding, but i was skeptical because i know so little about baseball. welp, the crowd was right and i absolutely adored it (helps that it had so many midwestern references), and now recommend it to others. excited to hear your review :)

  3. First off, this challenge is genius! How funnnnn! We have given similar ratings to many books and your list has me wanting to blow up my Goodreads toread list!!! Yay! I just got All the light we cannot see from the library which I’ll start after Anne and the windy poplars!! Go girl!

  4. I love all of the different categories of this challenge! I think I rarely “challenge” myself when it comes to pleasure reading, so this is a really great idea for getting a wide variety of reading in! Hopefully you’ll finish most of them before baby comes along, because after that it will get more difficult! ;-)

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