2015 Reading Challenge Recap

20151219_104655In 2015 I posted a reading challenge. Forgot about it, did you? For those of you who didn’t, I know you’re dying to hear how it went.

Well . . . I got almost half of them ticked off. Here are the details:

  • A book with more than 500 pages — Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson (these books are huge!)
  • A classic romance —
  • A book that became a movie — A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
  • A book published this year —
  • A book with a number in the title — Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • A book written by someone under 30 —
  • A book with non-human characters — (technically The Amulet of Samarkand and Stroud’s other books fall here, but I used them for another entry).
  • A book by a female author — Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood
  • A mystery or thriller —
  • A book with a one-word title — Ireland, Frank Delaney
  • A book of short stories — Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany, Neil Gaiman
  • A book set in a different country — The Truth About You, Susan Lewis
  • A non-fiction book — Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, Gabriella Coleman
  • A popular author’s first book — Storm Front, Jim Butcher
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet — I wanted to fill in this category, trust me, I did. American Gods is waiting for me, but I haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet =(.
  • A book a friend recommended —
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning book — Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  • A book based on a true story —
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read list —
  • A book your mom loves —
  • A book that scares you —
  • A book more than 100 years old — Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  • A book based entirely on its cover —
  • A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t — Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • A memoir —
  • A book you can finish in a day — Coraline, Neil Gaiman
  • A book with antonyms in the title —
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit — (Ireland, Frank Delaney)
  • A book that came out the year you were born —
  • A book with bad reviews —
  • A trilogy — The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, and Ptolemy’s Gate, Jonathan Stroud
  • A book from your childhood —
  • A book with a love triangle —
  • A book set in the future — The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • A book set in high school —
  • A book with a color in the title —
  • A book that made you cry — Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
  • A book with magic —
  • A graphic novel —
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before — The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
  • A book you own but have never read —
  • A book that takes place in your hometown —
  • A book that was originally written in a different language —
  • A book set during Christmas —
  • A book written by an author with your same initials —
  • A play —
  • A banned book — (Lord of the Flies, William Golding)
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show — (Storm Front, Jim Butcher)
  • A book you started but never finished —

Considering I read quite a few non-fiction books, craft books, and short stories, I think that’s pretty good! As for reading a book a week, I came in close. Here’s the final breakdown:

  • 10 Non-fiction — Autism, generational studies, hackers, nature, and more!
  • 6 Classics — mostly sci-fi related classics by masters like Bradbury and Wells.
  • 9 Writing Craft books — books dealing with the craft of writing.
  • 1 Poetry book — I don’t typically read poetry books, but I’m glad I picked up this one. I’m definitely putting poetry books on my wish list from now on.
  • 4 Short Story collections — These are easy to read, especially for where I am in life at the moment. I don’t know about you, but I’ll get everything squared away and finally sit down with a book only to hear, ‘Mom!’ twenty seconds later. This is why women spend so much time in the bathroom. We’re reading and the bathroom is our sanctuary. Go away.
  • 32 Short stories — I read these on blogs, the Kindle, or online fiction journals.
  • 20 Fiction books — genres include mainstream, literary, christian, fantasy, sci-fi, young adult, women’s literature.

The grand total?

10 + 6 + 9 + 1 + 4 + 20 = 50

(I didn’t include the individual short stories in the book count and the list doesn’t include any short stories or plays read for my writing group. )

So close! I just need more hours in the day.

The thing I love about a new year is all the possibilities. So in 2016 I get to try again. At least one book a week.

I can so do this.

Whatever your reading goals are for the new year, may you enjoy every book along the way =).


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Cas Blomberg is a native-English speaking writer who lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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