2015 Reading Challenge

I love reading. Maybe it’s because, no matter how exhausting her work day, my mom used to read to me every night before bed. (Thanks, Mom!) Sure, she’d skip a few pages here and there to make bedtime come faster, but she lit the spark. I was hooked.

I love the silent transaction between author and reader that whisks us away to new worlds. With books, I’ve lived a thousand lives and fallen in love with countless heroes (and villains). I’ve marched into battle with the fire of righteous anger. I’ve burst into laughter and wept reluctant goodbyes. Reading is possibly the closest thing we have to magic.

Last year, by pure coincidence, I read 23 books — one for each year I’ve been alive. There will likely be a tipping point where the number of books I can read in a year won’t be able to keep up with my age, but I’m not there yet!

So here’s my (Pinterest inspired) goal: 24 books to finish by the end of 2015.

Updates: April 17, 2015 — I’m starting to realize I’m reading more books than my original goal of 24. (Hooray!) I’ll put “NC” for “no category”  and make up my own category for those extra books.

October 26, 2015 — Mission accomplished. And I couldn’t have asked for a better finale book than the always hilarious Mindy Kaling.

Books Finished

Yes Please
38. NC: An autobiography (December 15)
37. (November 3)
37. NC: A book that took several tries to finish (November 3)
36. (October 26)
36. A book based on a true story (October 26)
35.
35.  NC: A book you learned about through another book (October 20)
34. (August 31)
34. NC: A book that made you cry … well, I didn’t bawl, but I did get a little teary (August 31)
33.5 (September 17)
33.5. NC: An author’s reflection on an earlier work (September 17)
33. A book with bad reviews ... at first (July 15)
33. A book with bad reviews … at first (August 15)
32. (July 15)
32. NC: A book set in the future (July 15)
31. A book that came out the year you were born (July 12)
31. NC: A book that came out the year you were born (July 12)
30. A book at the (very) bottom of your to-read pile (July 10)
30. A book at the (very) bottom of your to-read pile (July 10) What a struggle … way more cheese than I can handle.
29. A funny book (July 5) Funny enough to finish in a day.
29. A funny book (July 5) Funny enough to finish in a day.
28. (July 4)
28. NC: A book with pictures (July 4)
27. A book published this year (June 30)
27. A book published this year (June 30)
26. (June 26)
26. NC: A book by an author I’ve never read before       (June 26)
25. A book your friend -- or coworker! -- loves (June 18)
25. A book my friend — or coworker! — loves (June 18)
24. (June 13)
24. A forgotten classic (June 13)
23. A book your friend loves (June 1) This is also a book based entirely on its cover.
23. NC: A book based entirely on its cover (June 1)
21. The first book by a favourite author (May 24)
21. The first book by a favourite author (May 24)
20. NC: The last book in a series (May 19)
20. NC: The last book in a series (May 19)
19. A book with a blue cover (May 13)
19. A book with a blue cover (May 13)
18. A book with more than 500 pages (May 10) This book has 724 pages.
18. A book with more than 500 pages (May 10) This book has 724 pages.
17. NC: A book with magic (April 27)
17. NC: A book with magic (April 27)
16. NC: The prequel to a series (April 21)
16. NC: The prequel to a series (April 21)
15. A book that is more than 10 years old (April 19) Actually, this book is 52 years old.
15. A book that is more than 10 years old (April 19) Actually, this book is 52 years old.
14. NC: A book of science fiction (April 17)
14. NC: A book of science fiction (April 17)
13. A book that scares you (April 16)
13. A book that scares me (April 16)
12. A book by a female author (April 8)
12. A book by a female author (April 8)
11. A book you heard about online (April 5)
11. A book I heard about online (April 5)
10. A book with non-human characters (March 12)
10. A book with non-human characters (March 12)
9. A book set on a different continent (March 8)
9. A book set on a different continent (March 8)
8. The second book in a series (March 1)
8. The second book in a series (March 1)
7. A best selling book (February 25)
7. A best selling book (February 25)
6. A book with a one-word title (February 21)
6. A book with a one-word title (February 21)
5. A book that became a movie (February 13)
5. A book that became a movie (February 13)
4. A book of non fiction (February 9)
4. A book of non fiction (February 9)
3. A book written by someone under 30 (January 18)
3. A book written by someone under 30 (January 18)
2. Nineteen Minutes
2. A book with a number in the title (January 17)
1. Opposite of Loneliness
1. A book of short stories (January 3)

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