The 50ish Books Challenge

In what can only be seen as a ridiculously optimistic move on my behalf, I have committed to reading 50 books in 2015.

*cue hysterical laughter*

I originally had NO intention of setting myself such a ridiculous goal (I was going to aim for 12, and even then it seemed optimistic), but something I found online snapped me out of it.

You see, I used to be the child who just read. Day of school? Reading. Weekend? Reading. Evening after I was supposed to go to sleep? Reading. Morning? Reading. Any free time at all? Reading.  As I got older though, and assignments started to become more demanding, the internet more tempting, shopping more enjoyable, and TV a lot more accessible, my habit of devouring books gave way. And this makes me sad. I love to read, to get lost in the world another author has created.  So, when I found this 2015 Reading Challenge, I decided this was my year. The year to once again devour books.

I’ve committed to my goal on GoodReads, but I thought I’d share it here as well, perhaps to inspire, but mostly to just hold myself accountable!

January-April (inclusive)

A book with antonyms in the title: War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy


A book that scares you: Coraline, Neil Gaiman – complete 13/01/2015

A book your family loves: Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld

A book with magic in it: The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern


A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

A classic romance: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

A book with non human characters: The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien


A book with a love triangle: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

A book you own but have never read: Inkdeath, Cornelia Funke

A non-fiction book: Helga’s Diary, Helga Weiss

A book that became a TV show: A Feast for Crows/Dances With Dragons, George R. R. Martin


A book you started but never finished: Atonement, Ian McEwan

A book based on a true story: In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

A mystery/thriller: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith/J.K Rowling

A book based entirely on its cover: We, The Drowned, Carsten Jensen

May-August (inclusive)

A book with more than 500 pages: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien


A play: Another Country, Julian Mitchell

A book on the bottom of your to read list: Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

A book that will make me cry: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne

A book written by an author you’ve never read: We Were Liars, E. Lockheart


A book you didn’t read from university: Animal People, Charlotte Wood

A book with bad reviews: Girl Online, Zoe Sugg

A book written by a female author: The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald

A book set in a different country: We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver


A book from your childhood: Alanna, The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce

A book published in 2015: Charlie, Presumed Dead, Anne Heltzel

A book set in high school: Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater

A book you can finish in a day: Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett


A collection of short stories: After the Quake, Haruki Murakami

A book written by an author with your initials: Four Friends, Robyn Carr

A book that’s been made into a move: Paper Towns, John Green

A book with a one word title: Torn, Kate Sparkes


A book with numbers in the title: 1Q84, Haruki Murakami


A book set in the future: Across the Universe, Beth Revis

A book you haven’t read yet by an author you love: Fearless, Cornelia Funke

A memoir: Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham

A book that came out the year you were born: A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness


A banned book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon

A trilogy: Fall of Angels trilogy (parts 2/3), Keary Taylor

A Pulitzer Prize winning book: Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

A book more than 100 years old: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott


A funny book: A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

A book written by an author under 30: Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

A graphic novel: Maus, Art Spiegelman

The first book of your favourite author: The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke


A book with a colour in the title: A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

A book originally written in a different language: The Epic of Gilgamesh

A book set in your hometown: The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas

A book set at Christmas: Letters from Father Christmas, J.R.R. Tolkien


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