2015 Reading Challenge

What is a reading challenge?

I’m finding reading challenges all over Pinterest the past few weeks, and it had me asking what are reading challenges and where can I sign up? Reading challenges are challenges to read as many books as you can in a set amount of time. Non-readers may have 1 book on their list, while others have a 100+ books listed.

Some of the reading challenge posts list books mentioned in TV shows. For example, the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is based on all 339 books the fictional character, Rory Gilmore, reads during the five seasons of The Gilmore Girls. Other Reading Challenges are lists of for a specific genre like romance novels, biographies, or science fictions novels. The list that has intrigued me the most is the 2015 Reading Challenge posted on Popsugar’s website. This list mixes genres, and it did not list specific books to be read. It rather gives categories like read a play, a graphic novel, or a book with a color in the title. It has allowed me to pick books that are on my To Be Read (TBR) list as well as some of the books for my book club.

Why I am participating in a reading challenge?

I have often wondered how many books I can read in a year. I have decided to challenge myself this year and participate in Popsugar’s challenge to read 52 books this year. That is one book per week! It seems like a lot to some, but for bibliophiles it is a short list.

How I’m tracking what I read for the reading challenge

To keep track of the books I read, I am using the 2015 Reading Challenge app on goodreads.com. I am also writing the book titles, authors, and completion date in the notes section of my planner.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Charlotte has
completed her goal of reading 52 books in 2015!

 Here’s my reading list for 2015

  1. A book with more than 500 pages : The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  2. A classic romance : Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  3. A book that became a movie : The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. A book published this year : Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  5. A book with a number in the title : The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  6. A book written by someone under 30 : #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  7. A book with nonhuman characters : Our Iceberg Is Melting by John P. Kotter
  8. A funny book : Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
  9. A book by a female author :The Vision by Heather Graham
  10. A mystery or thriller : The Betrayed by Heather Graham
  11. A book with a one-word title : Tribes by Seth Godin
  12. A book of short stories : The Short Story and It Author by Ann Charters
  13. A book set in a different country : Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  14. A nonfiction book : The Elements of Editing by Arthur Plotnik
  15. A popular author’s first book : Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet : The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  17. A book a friend recommended : The Fred Factor: How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary by Mark Sanborn
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book :  March by Geraldine Brooks
  19. A book based on a true story : Night by Elie Wiesel
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list : Get Motivated!: Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal, and Accelerate  Your Success with Motivational DNA by Tamara Lowe
  21. A book your mom loves : Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes
  22. A book that scares you : Dracula by Bram Stoker
  23. A book more than 100 years old : Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  24. A book based entirely on its cover : The Vactioners by Emma Straub
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t : The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  26. A memoir : Bossypants by Tina Fey
  27. A book you can finish in a day : By Royal Command by Mary Hooper
  28. A book with antonyms in the title : The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit : The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  30. A book that came out the year you were born : Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind: How to Be Seen and Heard in the Overcrowded Marketplace by Al Ries
  31. A book with bad reviews : Thornfield Hall by Emma Tennant
  32. A trilogy : The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  33. A book from your childhood : Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  34. A book with a love triangle : Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  35. A book set in the future : Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  36. A book set in high school : Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
  37. A book with a color in the title : A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  38. A book that made you cry : Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  39. A book with magic : Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  40. A graphic novel : V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before : Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
  42. A book you own but have never read : McGraw-Hill’s Proofreading Handbook by Laura Killen Anderson
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown : Magnolia City by Duncan W. Alderson
  44. A book that originally was written in a different language : Song of the Nibelungs by Anonymous
  45. A book set during Christmas : The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials : The Complete Poems by Christina Rossetti
  47. A play : As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  48. A banned book : 1984 by George Orwell
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show : The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  50. A book you started but never finished : The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

What books do you plan to read in 2015? Leave a comment below.

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