Friday, January 22, 2016

Reading Challenges 2015

I don't really do reading challenges, but at the beginning of 2015, I decided to see if I completed the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge. Later, I saw BookRiot's Read Harder challenge, and decided to see how my reading measured up with that too. I did not intentionally try to follow either challenge, and so did not entirely complete either, but I am impressed with how close I came!

Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge

1. A book with more than 500 pages: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

2. A classic romance: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

3. A book that became a movie: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

4. A book published this year: Against the Country by Ben Metcalf

5. A book with a number in the title: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

6. A book written by someone under 30: Dispatch from the Future by Leigh Stein (she was 29 when it was published)

7. A book with nonhuman characters: The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord

8. A funny book: hypocrite in a pouffy white dress by susan jane gilman

9. A book by a female author: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

10. A mystery or thriller: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

11. A book with a one word title: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

12. A book with short stories: Love InshAllah

13. A book set in a different country: The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen

14. A non-fiction book: Radical by Michelle Rhee

15. A popular author's first book: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

17. A book a friend recommended: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

18. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

19. A book based on a true story: Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

20. A book at the bottom of your TBR list: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

21. A book your mom loves:

22. A book that scares you:

23. A book more than a 100 years old: The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts

24. A book based entirely on its cover:

25. A book you were supposed to read in school and didn't:

26. A memoir: The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi

27. A book with antonyms in the title:

28. A book you can finish in a day: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

29. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to go: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Calcutta)

30. A book published the year you were born: The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

31. A book with bad reviews: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

32. A Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy (only read the last this year)

33. A book from your childhood: The Runaway Teddy Bear by Ginnie Hofmann

34. A book with a love triangle: The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

35. A book set in the future: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

36. A book set in high school: Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton

37. A book with a color in the title: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

38. A book that made you cry:

39. A book with magic: Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear

40. A graphic novel:

41. A book by an author you've never read before: Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

42. A book you own but never read: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

43. A book that takes place in your hometown: Digging to America by Anne Tyler

44. A book that was originally written in another language: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

45. A book set during a Jewish holiday Christmas:

46. A book by an author who had your same initials:

47. A play:

48. A banned book: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

49. A book based on or turned into a tv show: The 100 by Kass Morgan

50. A book you started but never finished: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Read Harder Challenge 2015

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25: I'm not sure? There are soem contenders, but I'm having trouble confirming data on authors' ages.

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65: See above.

A collection of short stories: Brave New Girls ed. Mary Fan and Paige Daniels

A book published by an indie press: Beirut Noir (Akashic Books)

A book by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own: Statisticity by Yaron Glazer

A book that takes place in Asia: The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

A book by an author from Africa:

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture:

A microhistory: On the Same Track: How Schools Can Join the Twenty-First Century Struggle Against Resegregation by Carol Corbett Burris (I had to look up what a microhistory was).

A YA novel: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

A sci-fi novel: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

A romance novel: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

A book that is a retelling of a classic story: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

An audiobook: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

A collection of poetry: Lightwall by Liliana Ursu

A book that someone else recommended to you: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A book that was originally published in another language: Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko

A graphic novel, a graphic memoir, or a collection of comics of any kind:

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A book published before 1850: The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts (It was written around 1850, although not published till 2002)

A book published this year: Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeanine Capo Crucet

A self-improvement book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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