2015 Reading Challenge

As much as I love books, I’ve never attempted a reading challenge. Well, that is if you don’t count elementary and middle school book-a-thons for Scholastic sponsored personal pan pizzas.

This year, I’m trying the 2015 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and I’m enjoying it so much that I will probably do at least one reading challenge every year and update my progress here.  Maybe at some point I’ll incorporate regular reviews/writing about books, but I’m not there yet.

Here’s the challenge. I’ll post my completed readings below the category.

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Purple Hibiscus

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
Toni Morrison — Home

A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)

A book published by an indie press
Hilda Hilst — With My Dog Eyes 

A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
Nicola Griffith — Ammonite 

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
Robin Sloan — Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

A book that takes place in Asia
Nadia HashimiThe Pearl that Broke Its Shell

A book by an author from Africa

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
Louise Erdrich — The Round House

A microhistory
Mark Kurlansky–Salt: A History

A YA novel
Cinda Williams Chima — The Warrior Heir

A sci-fi novel

A romance novel
Adrianne Byrd — Unforgettable

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
Julian Barnes — The Sense of an Ending

A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
Marissa Meyer — Cinder

An audiobook
Andrew Sean Greer — A Story of a Marriage

A collection of poetry
Jacqueline Woodson — Brown Girl Dreaming

A book that someone else has recommended to you

A book that was originally published in another language
Yukio Mishima — Spring Snow

A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind
Dennis O’Neil — Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure
James Patterson — Hope to Die

A book published before 1850

A book published this year
Ta-Nehisi Coates — Between the World and Me

A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
Gail Blanke — Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life 

Began: January 1, 2016
Completed: TBD



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