2016 Reading Challenge – May Update!

why-cant-i-just-read-all-day-everyday-book-quoteI’ve veered a bit off-course here.  I’m reading all kinds of non-challenge books (and having a bunch of fun with them) and still haven’t finished this challenge!  Of course, it’s only the end of May, not the end of the year, maybe I should give myself a break.

I think it’s really important to still enjoy what you’re reading when you’re doing a challenge like this, and while I liked the break and getting out of the rut of reading the same stuff all the time, I’ve come to realize that I read the same stuff all the time because, well, I like that stuff!!  And that’s okay.  Read what you love, and who cares if someone else thinks it’s trashy!  At least you’re reading!!


Total Books Read 2016: 55

Total Challenge Books: 44/52

Read a book that takes place on each continent, or is written by an author from that continent (fiction or non-fiction)

1. North America: Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
2. South America: At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
3. Africa: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
4. Antarctica: Subterranean by James Rollins
5. Europe: Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
6. Asia: The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
by Yongey Mingyur, Daniel Goleman
7. Australia: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

8. A banned or challenged book: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
9. An award winning book (National Book Award): What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
10. Memoir/Autobiography/Biography: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
11. A dead author’s last book
12. A book with LGBT matter or character(s): OMG Queer: Short Stories by Queer Youth by Radclyffe
13. A book your favorite author loves
14. A retold fairytale: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
15. A Young Adult book: Raven by Lauren Oliver
16. A history book (fiction or non-fiction): In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
17. A book where you have seen the movie, but not read the book: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
18. A book from the NYT Bestseller list: (debuted at #1) Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
19. A book with the point of view of an immigrant: Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
20. A controversial book: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
21. The first book you see when you walk into a library or bookstore: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
22. A classic: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
23. A debut novel: Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
24. Published this year (2016)
25. Based entirely on the cover: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
26. Own but never read
27. A book by an author you never read before: Lock In by John Scalzi
28. A book recommended to you by a friendly librarian
29. A book by a Nobel Prize winner
30. Mythology (not just Greek)
31. A book written by someone born the same year as you: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
32. Dystopia: Requiem by Lauren Oliver
33. Reread of a favorite book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
34. A book about books: The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron
35. Book published the year you graduated high school: Family Pictures by Sue Miller
36. A book a child/teen/someone younger than you loves: The Selection
by Kiera Cass
37. A book about/set by the sea: Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler
38. A book with two authors: Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
39. Author from your own state, province, or country
40. A book about a trip (road, cruise, around the world): The Vacationers by Emma Straub
41. A book with the name of a person in the title: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
42. Science Fiction: The 100 by Kass Morgan
43. Fantasy: The Elite by Kiera Cass
44. Wild card: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
45. Wild card: Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome by John Scalzi
46. Wild card: The Queen by Kiera Cass
47. Wild card: The Prince by Kiera Cass
48. Wild card: After You by Jojo Moyes
49. Wild card: The Favorite by Kiera Cass
50. Wild card: The One by Kiera Cass
51. Wild card:  Rogue Lawyer by  John Grisham
52. Wild card: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King