In 2015 I only participated in two reading challenges. The first being Goodread’s 2015 Reading Challenge, where you can set your own goal. The second challenge was PopSugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge, where there was a list of 50 items you aimed to accomplish.
Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Goodreads encourages you to set a reading goal for yourself. Last year (my first year on Goodreads), I set my goal for 75 and ended up surpassing it by 7 books! Since I did so well last year, I decided to challenge myself even more in 2015 and set my goal for 100 books. Last night (December 30) I completed my goal!! I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to finish since December has been so busy for me. But I did it!!
PopSugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge
PopSugar created a reading challenge that encourages you to go outside your comfort zone and read a variety of books. They give you 50 challenges and your goal is to complete them all before the year is over. I, unfortunately, didn’t quite complete them all. I ended up completing 44 out of 50 0f them though!
Challenges I Completed:
1. A book with more than 500 pages
2. A book that became a movie
I’ve never seen this movie, but I’ve heard it was a horrible adaptation of the book.
3. A book published this year
4. A book with a number in the title
5. A book written by someone under 30
6. A book with nonhuman characters
7. A funny book
8. A book by a female author
9. A mystery or thriller
10. A book with a one-word title
11. A book of short stories
12. A book set in a different country
I should get bonus points because this book takes place in several different countries – and all of them are in different dimensions as well!
13. A nonfiction book
14. A popular author’s first book
15. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
16. A book a friend recommended
I’m cheating a little for this one because Fangirl wasn’t recommended by a specific friend. It was recommended to me by the YA community members who were singing its praises.
17. A book based on a true story
18. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
19. A book your mom loves
20. A book that scares you
It scared me in a good way, of course!
21. A book more than 100 years old
22. A book based entirely on its cover
23. A memoir
24. A book you can finish in a day
25. A book with antonyms in the title
26. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
This book takes place in England, which is somewhere I would love to go to!
27. A book that came out the year you were born
I decided to reread this book since I couldn’t find any other 1996 releases that I was interested in!
28. A book with bad reviews
29. A book from your childhood
30. A book with a love triangle
31. A book set in the future
32. A book set in high school
33. A book with a color in the title
34. A book that made you cry
I’m not one to cry while reading books, but there was an animal death in this book that definitely made me shed some tears. If you’re an animal lover that plans on reading this book, tread carefully!
35. A book with magic
36. A graphic novel
37. A book by an author you’ve never read before
After reading this book, Patrick Ness became one of my favorite authors!
38. A book you own but have never read
39. A book that takes place in your hometown
I couldn’t find any books that took place in my actual hometown (that weren’t boring non-fiction), so I had to settle for this book. It takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which is actually on the other side of the state from where I live.
40. A book that was originally written in a different language
This book was originally written in Norwegian!
41. A book set during Christmas
42. A book written by an author with your same initials
This was another one I kind of cheated on. My initials are BD, but I couldn’t find any authors with those initials! I settled for Becky Albertalli because we share the same first initial, plus my middle name starts with an A so it kind of works.
43. A banned book
This particular edition wasn’t banned (to my knowledge) but the original story was banned – which is so wrong.
44. A book based on or turned into a TV show
Challenges I Didn’t Complete:
- A classic romance
- A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
- A trilogy
- A play
- A book you started but never finished
If you participated in any reading challenges this year, how did you do? Let me know in the comments!