Hello friends, it’s been a while! Sorry about that, I will be doing a sweet catch-up post on what has been happening in my life and what my bookish goals for 2016 are so don’t worry!
For now let’s talk about 2015.
Did you participate in any reading challenges? I saw the Popsugar Reading Challenge floating around on social media and decided to take part, having set myself a goal of 52 books for the year. The Popsugar challenge had about 50 categories on it so I don’t know what I was thinking when some of them were catergories like “a book with bad reviews” and “a book you started but never finished.”
So, onto what I read in order to complete the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge!
- A book with over 500 pages & a book with antonyms in the title: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
- A classic romance: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A book that became a movie: Room by Emma Donoghue
- A book published this year: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (review here)
- A book with a number in the title: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- A book written by someone under 30: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
- A book with non-human characters: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
- A funny book: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
- A book by a female author (so hard to do ) : An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- A mystery or thriller (both!) : Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Ten down, forty more to go!
- A book with a one-word title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
- A book of short stories: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
- A book set in a different country: Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid (0n recommendation from my father who believed it to be a typical Val McDermid thriller, not a Jane Austen retelling!)
- A non-fiction book & a book based on a true story: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
- A popular author’s first book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- A book by an author you love that you haven’t read yet: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead
- A book a friend recommended: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
- A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- A book at the bottom of your TBR: Lord Foul’s Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #1) by Stephen R. Donaldson
- A book your mum loves: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- A book that scares you: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
- A book more than 1oo years old & a play: Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
- A book based entirely on its cover: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t* & a book you started but never finished: Dracula by Bram Stoker *I had to make this one up as I read every book I was supposed to in school.
- A memoir & a book set in your hometown: The Girl Who Lived by Susan Berg
- A book you can finish in a day: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnivall
- A book that came out the year you were born & a book from your childhood: Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps #1) by R.L. Stine
- A book with bad (well, mediocre) reviews: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo
- A book with a love triangle: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
- A book set in the future: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
- A book set in high school: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin
- A trilogy: Shadow & Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo
- A book with a colour in the title: Red Rising by Peirce Brown
- A book that made you cry: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead
- A book with magic: Uprooted by Naomi Novik (review here)
- A graphic novel: Kin (The Good Neighbors #1) by Holly Black
- A book by an author you’ve never read before: This House is Haunted by John Boyne
- A book you own but have never read: Never Never (Never Never #1) by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (was honestly in my iBooks for so long)
- A book that was originally written in a different language: Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier (originally written in German) ((review here))
- A book set during Christmas: What Do You Wish For by Jane Godwin (it was for our Christmas storytime at work- don’t judge me! I would, however, recommend The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum for next time)
- A book written by an author with your same initials: A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess
- A banned book: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (review here)
- A book based on or turned into a TV show: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
45-50 are ones I duplicated because ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat!
To see what else I read this year you can follow me on Goodreads and see my year in books.
Now for the pros and cons of the challenge!
- I read a lot more variety than I typically would have (chick lit, biographies, picture books)
- I completed it and was determined to push through (you should have see me in December, flying through my last categories)
- A lot of the categories were similar (non-fiction, memoir, a book based on a true story)
- I duplicated… a lot.
- I left the shit categories to last (a book with bad reviews, a book written the year you were born, a book you started but never finished)
- I couldn’t read what I really wanted to read because I felt that if it didn’t fit into a category, what was the point? December sucked the most because Winter by Marissa Meyer came out and I really wanted to read it but I was so determined to finish this damn challenge!
So, in conclusion, this challenge was somewhat worth it as I read more variety but at the same time I will not be taking part in the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge (which, I have noticed, is considerably smaller.) This year I want to be free to read big books without worrying about this challenge. I want to read what I want, not just because it fits into a stupid category. That being said, I have added a picture of Popsugar’s 2016 Reading Challenge below if you feel that you need something to push you to read more variety (but be warned, many categories are the same as 2015’s!)