2016 Reading Challenge – June Update!

books-make-you-betterWow, halfway through the year already!  Where did the time go?

Into books, apparently.  Into books.

I’ve read so much already this year, and have really loved it.  I’ve had so much fun with this challenge, and even though it isn’t finished yet, I’ve had even more fun running away from the challenge and tossing books from my favourite categories back into the  mix again.  I’m on track to top 100 books read again this year, which is awesome.  I wonder, if I push it, if I can make it to 150?  I might try… I’ve never gotten that  much read in a year before, but this year I’ve read quite a few shorter novellas so it’s certainly in the realm of possibility!


Total Books Read 2016: 61

Total Challenge Books: 46/52

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: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
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: Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
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