2015 Reading Challenge

I am a belated participant in this challenge but am aiming to complete – or as close as possible (not into graphic novels) since I am also over forty books into my 50 books challenge on Goodreads – wish me luck!  Recommendations for some of the trickier categories would be appreciated!


2015 reading challenge

1) A book with more than 500 pages – Skippy Dies, Paul Murray

2) A classic romance – Persuasion, Jane Austen

3) A book that became a movie – The Spectre TrilogyIan Fleming

4) A book published this year – The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett

5) A book with a number in the title – Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel

6) A book written by someone under 30 – Viper Wine, Hermione Eyre

7) A book with nonhuman characters – The Bookshop Book, Jen Campbell (possibly stretching the point here but the bookshops are the central focus)

8) A funny book – Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

9) A book by a female author – Be Awesome, Hadley Freeman

10) A mystery or thriller – Don’t Point That Thing At Me, Kyril Bonfiglioli

11) A book with a one-word title – Saplings, Noel Streatfeild

12) A book of short stories – Dancing with Mr Darcy, Various Authors

13) A book set in a different country – My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell

14) A nonfiction book – Four Sisters, Helen Rappaport

15) A popular author’s first book – Pioneer Girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder

16) A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson

17) A book a friend recommended – Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England, Roy & Lesley Adkins (Lory from ECBR recommended!)

18) A Pullitzer Prize-winning book – To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

19) A book based on a true story – Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood

20) A book at the bottom of your to-read list – Mr Mac and Me, Esther Freud (my to-be-read list is vast but reaching the bottom was hard – this one had been waiting for six months)

21) A book your mother loves – Anita and Me, Meera Syal

22) A book that scares you We Have Always Lived In The Castle, Shirley Jackson

23) A book more than 100 years old. – Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings, Jane Austen

24) A book based entirely on its cover – Let’s Kill Uncle, Rohan O’Grady

25) A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t (Other than A Passage to India and Orlando, I read everything I was supposed to …)

26) A memoir – Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson

27) A book you can finish in a day – The Magician’s Lie, Greer McAllister

28) A book with antonyms in the title

29) A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – Quicksand, Steve Toltz

30) A book that came out in the year you were born – The Rose Rent, Ellis Peters

31) A book with bad reviews – Cooking with Bones, Jess Richards (it deserved them)

32) A trilogy – Tin Toys, Ursula Holden

33) A book from your childhood – A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond

34) A book with a love triangle – The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig

35) A book set in the future – The Mime Order, Samantha Shannon

36) A book set in high school – Academy Girls, Nora Carroll

37) A book with a colour in the title – Girl in a Blue Dress, Gaynor Arnold

38) A book that made you cry – Village of Secrets, Caroline Moorehead

39) A book with magic – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

40) A graphic novel

41) A book by an author you’ve never read before – The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters, Michelle Lovric

42) A book you own but have never read – Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England, Roy & Lesley Adkins

43) A book that takes place in your hometown

44) A book that was originally written in a different language – Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes

45) A book set during Christmas – Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm and Other Stories, Stella Gibbons

46) A book written by an author with your same initials

47) A play – Mary Queen of Scots Got her Head Chopped Off, Liz Lochhead

48) A banned book

49) A book based on or turned into a TV show – The Bletchley Girls, Tessa Dunlop

50) A book you started but never finished The Quick, Lauren Owen


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