2015 Reading Challenge

So, I fell down on the whole book-blogging thing (RL is rough, you feel me?), but I did fulfill one New Year’s Resolution: I completed PopSugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge. Below are the books I used to fill each category; favorites are starred.
  • A book with more than 500 pages – The Day on Fire by James Ramsey Ullman*
  • A classic romance – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A book that became a movie – True Grit by Charles Portis 
  • A book published this year – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee*
  • A book with a number in the title – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • A book written by someone under 30 – Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • A book with nonhuman characters – The Wall by Marlen Haushofer*
  • A funny book – Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  • A book by a female author – The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver*
  • A mystery or thriller – No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • A book with a one-word title – Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • A book of short stories – Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • A book set in a different country – Nadia by Nadia Comenici 
  • A nonfiction book – Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
  • A popular author’s first book – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell*
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard*
  • A book a friend recommended – East of Eden by John Steinbeck*
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • A book based on a true story – A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read list – Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • A book your mom loves – Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • A book that scares you – Pet Sematary by Stephen King*
  • A book more than 100 years old – Walden by Thoreau
  • A book based entirely on its cover – Nomansland by Lesley Hauge
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville
  • A memoir – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • A book you can finish in a day – The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
  • A book with antonyms in the title – Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit ­– The Diary of Anne Frank*
  • A book that came out the year you were born – She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theology by Elizabeth A. Johnson*
  • A book with bad reviews – Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson
  • A trilogy – Finely Woven Thread, Tightly Tangled Web, Last Days by Nathan Edmondson / Phil Noto
  • A book from your childhood – Hatchet by Gary Paulsen*
  • A book with a love triangle – July, July by Tim O’Brien*
  • A book set in the future – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood*
  • A book set in high school – Godless by Pete Hautmann
  • A book with a color in the title – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison*
  • A book that made you cry – Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard*
  • A book with magic – Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • A graphic novel – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi*
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before – Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
  • A book you own but have never read – The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle*
  • A book that takes place in your hometown – The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  • A book that was originally written in a different language – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy*
  • A book set during Christmas – Landline by Rainbow Rowell*
  • A book written by an author with your same initials – To the Letter by Simon Garfield
  • A play – The Tempest by Shakespeare
  • A banned book – Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show – The Return by William Shatner
  • A book you started but never finished – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    2015 was a good year. I read a lot of books and encountered a lot of challenging authors,
    found a few new favorites, and fell more in love with Annie Dillard, if that’s even possible.

    I’ve already started picking books for the 2016 Reading Challenge, but this year, my resolution isn’t to finish; it’s to slow down. To savor. To be mindful of what I’m reading. In 2015, I read 116 books and more than 32,000 pages, all while attending school, working part-time, and watching way too many TV shows. So this year, instead of trying to beat my record, I’m going to be present.

    I’m hoping that the mindful reading and not-so-breakneck speed will be conducive to book-blogging, so keep a weather eye on the horizon.

    Until next time,

    Shelby
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