Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge

Found another one: Pop Sugar has what they think is the ultimate reading challenge. From a book your mom loves to a book with a love triangle, they're giving you a wide range of reads, spanning eras and genres, instead of specific books. You don't have to read all 50 books (technically 52, since one is a trilogy), but it's a fun incentive to diversify your reading — you may be surprised by what you find you enjoy! Click link above to see the full post.

I'm counting all books read in 2015 that fulfill a category beginning with January and my declared goal is 30 ( a little over half). Any over 30 will be bonus. No links to reviews here--my full reading list (with links) can be found at the You Read How Many Books OR 100+ Reading Challenges. I will date when the book is read.

Book with more than 500 pages: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (9/19/15)
A Classic Romance:
Book that became a movie: The Great Dinosaur Robbery by David Forrest (5/15/15)
Published this year: The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (5/5/15)
Book with number in title: Two & Two Make Twenty-Two by Gwen Briston & Bruce Manning (7/23/15)
Book written by someone under 30: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (27 yrs old) [10/20/15]
Book with nonhuman characters: The Mote in God’s Eye by Niven & Pournelle (4/12/15)
A funny book: Death of a Tall Man by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1/31/15)
Book by a female author: Mother Finds a Body by Gypsy Rose Lee (1/12/15)
Mystery or thriller: Death Over Deep Water by Simon Nash (2/8/15)
Book with a one-word title: Panic by Helen McCloy (2/22/15)
Book of short stories: The World’s Best 100 Detective Stories Vol. 1 by Eugene Thwing, ed. (2/26/15)
Book set in different country: A Dead Man In Istanbul by Michael Pearce (1/14/15)
Nonfiction book: Mystery! A Celebration by Ron Miller (2/3/15)
Popular author’s first book: Caught Dead in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts (2/11/15)
Book from author you love but haven’t read yet: 13 Steps Down by Ruth Rendell (2/15/15)
Book a friend recommended:
Pulitzer Prize winner:
Book based on a true story: Into the Valley by John Hersey (2/28/15)
Book at bottom of TBR pile: The Eye in the Museum by J. J. Connington (5/8/15)
Book your mom loves:
Book that scares you: Reliquary by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Book more than 100 years old: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum [published in 1900] (11/15/15)
Book based on cover: Swing Low, Sweet Harriet by George Baxt (9/13/15)
Book supposed to read in school but didn’t: The Giver by Lois Lowry [I actually read every book we were required to read in school. So I chose a book on lists of required readings for other schools that I have never read.] (9/4/15)
A memoir:
Book you can finish in a day: Lost Laysen by Margaret Mitchell (2/17/15)
Book with antonyms in title: RFK: His Life & Death by Editors of American Heritage (4/15/15)
Book set somewhere you always wanted to visit: Death of a Dwarf by Harold Kemp (1/25/15)
Book that came out the year you were born: The Wilberforce Legacy by Josephine Bell (4/19/15)
Book with bad reviews: Spock, Messiah! by Theodore R. Cogswell & Charles A Spano, Jr. [and I added another one] (5/8/15)
A trilogy: The Cavalier in White (4/18/15); There Hangs the Knife; Dark Star by Marcia Muller
Book from childhood: The Ringmaster’s Secret by Carolyn Keene (4/16/15)
Book with a love triangle: The Riddle of the Traveling Skull by Harry Stephen Keeler (6/21/15)
Book set in the future: Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home by James Tiptree, Jr. (1/12/15)
Book set in high school:
Book with color in the title: Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes (1/3/15)
Book that made you cry:
Book with magic: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Graphic novel: The Adventure of the Three Students by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [graphic novel version adapted by Vincent Goodwin; illustrated by Ben Dunn] (4/23/15)
Book by an author you’ve never read before: The Case of the Painted Girl by Frank King (1/6/15)
Book you own by have never read: The Case of Colonel Marchand by E. C. R. Lorac (4/27/15)
Book that takes place in your hometown: The Lack of the Irish by Ralph McInerny (7/11/15) [closest I could come--South Bend in fairly close to Wabash)
Book originally written in a different language: Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne [French] (10/11/15)
Book set during Christmas: The Crime & the Crystal by Elizabeth Ferrars (7/9/15)
Book written by an author with your initials: Call for Michael Shayne by Brett Halliday (4/22/15)
A play: Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare (8/12/15)
A banned book:
Book based on or turned into a TV show: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever by Ellison; Adapted by David & Scott Tipton (6/5/15)
Book you started but never finished: The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl (9/25/15)


Jamie Ghione said...

I'm doing this one too. Signed up when I saw it the day after Christmas. I too read all the books I was required to read in school, so I saw that category as an opportunity to re-read one, thus choosing "Of Mice and Men." A book set in my hometown is a hard one for me. and I don't remember if I ever started but didn't finish a book.

Bev Hankins said...

There aren't any books set in my I'm just going for one set in Indiana. It's the closest I can get.

Jamie Ghione said...

I may read one from Steinbeck since he lived in Salinas, California, which is only about 40 miles from Hollister, where I live. Or one of the books at my library that focus on the history of Hollister or its neighboring towns. Or anything set in California--already read two mysteries in the Bay Area.