I have always been known as the bookworm in my family – I am the only one who can read whilst in a moving car, I used to read on the boat when everyone else was fishing and my favourite way to unwind is reading before sleep. In Canada the one thing I enjoyed about taking public transport every day was the amount of reading I had the chance to do during my commute. However, on my holiday I didn’t read nearly as much, so it’s time to get back in the habit, and what better way than a 2015 Reading Challenge? I heard about this epic challenge on Popsugar through Candice’s blog.
Here is the list and below that I have written the books I have chosen to begin. If you have suggestions please let me know!
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – I have heard a lot about this book in 2014.
A classic romance
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A book that became a movie
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A book published this year
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
A book with a number in the title
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A book written by someone under 30
Looking for Alaska by John Green
A book with nonhuman characters
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
A funny book
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
A book by a female author
Be Good by Stacey May Fowles
A mystery or thriller
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
A book with a one word title
Euphoria by Lily King
A book of short stories
Shy Feet by Frances M Thompson – supporting a fellow blogger.
A book set in a different country
The Suitors by Cécile David-Weill – Paris!
A non-fiction book
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
A popular author’s first book
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – let’s see how this compares to Gone Girl, which I really enjoyed.
A book from an author you love but haven’t read yet
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
A book a friend recommended
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – my dad told me to read this, so I am listening.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A book based on a true story
A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French
A book at the bottom of your to-read list
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
A book your mum loves
The Happiest Refugee by Ahn Do – good choice, mum.
A book that scares you
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
A book more than 100 years old
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A book based entirely on its cover
No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown – the cover has a map on it.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I loved reading in school, but I know other classes had to read this.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
A book you can finish in a day
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
A book with antonyms in the title
Lost & Found by Brooke Davis – this was bloody hard to find might I say.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – historical fiction set in Scotland equals a winner.
A book that came out the year you were born
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
A book with bad reviews
You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson – this review basically sealed the deal on the book’s shittiness. But it’s James Patterson so it can’t be THAT bad, right?
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – I still haven’t read this trilogy so 2015 shall be the year.
A book from your childhood
Yoss by Odo Hirsch – Odo was my favourite author when I was in primary school and I can’t remember reading this novel.
A book with a love triangle
The Selection by Kiera Cass
A book set in the future
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – set to be released in 2015, I have read the first in The Bone Season series and really enjoyed it.
A book set in high school
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
A book with a colour in the title
Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
A book that made you cry
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A book with magic
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – part angel, woot!
A graphic novel
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
A book by an author you’ve never read before
The Figures of Beauty by David Macfarlane
A book you own but have never read
Atonement by Ian McEwan
A book that takes place in your hometown
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman – I had to cheat because I couldn’t find a book set in Townsville, but Queensland is my home state so I think that counts.
A book that was originally written in a different language
How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Sasa Stanisic – originally written in German.
A book set during Christmas
A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley
A book written by an author with your same initials
Reckless Griselda by Harriet Smart – this wasn’t easy either, but I finally found a H.S.!
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
A banned book
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
A book based on or turned into a TV show
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta – yet to watch the show but reading the book seems like a good start.
A book you started but never finished
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
And that is a wrap! 52 books. 52 weeks in the new year. Can I do it? Tell me if you a) have any recommendations because I will be buying or loaning the majority of these books or b) if you are going to participate with me!
Best of luck fellow bookworms!