2016 Reading Challenge

Completely undaunted from my 2015 reading defeat, I have accepted the honor of a new reading challenge:


A book from the library: J. K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives (completed January 2016)

The first book you see in a bookstore: Albert Jack’s Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes (completed January 2016)

A book that’s under 150 pages: J. K. Rowling’s The History of Quidditch (completed January 2016)

A book set in {based on experiences from} my home state: Catlaina Vrana’s Ella Autie: A Book about Autism by an Autistic Person (completed January 2016)

A book based on a fairy tale: J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard (completed January 2016)

A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Marilynne Robinson’s Lila (completed February 2016)

A New York Times Best Seller: George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings (completed June 2016)

A self-improvement book: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (completed June 2016)

A book you can finish in a day: Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness (completed June 2016)

A book that is published in 2016: Ian Graham’s Scarlet Women: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans, Concubines, and Royal Mistresses (completed June 2016)

A classic from the 20th century: Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays (completed July 2016)

A murder mystery: Agatha Christie’s Double Sin and Other Stories (completed October 2016)

A book written by a celebrity: Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (completed November 2016)

A book that takes place in the summer: Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (completed November 2016)

A book translated to English: Matthieu Ricard’s Motionless Journey (completed November 2016)

A YA Bestseller: Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn (completed November 2016)

A book at least 100 years older than me: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (completed December 2016)

Other categories (that I made up just now) to include in my goal of 40 books read in 2016:

A book recommended by a friend: Bill James’ Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence (completed July 2016)

A book about history not taught in school: Thaddeus Russell’s A Renegade History of the United States (August 2016)

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature: John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (completed October 2016)

A true crime book: Ann Rule’s Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? (completed October 2016)

A book I wasn’t expecting to be disappointing: James Patterson’s Kiss the Girls (completed November 2016)


4 Comments Add yours

  1. clcouch123 says:

    Well, good luck! I suppose you’re not allowed to use one book to cover more than one category. Ideally, I guess that would spoil the fun.

    Is the book you cite one of Rowlings’s stories for adults? I have a friend who reads so much faster than I. He’s read them all. He’s had little to say, though, about them.

    Read on!

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  2. Call me Cordelia says:

    Correct, I will only have one category per book. No, it’s not one of Rowling’s adult stories – it’s her commencement speech to Harvard from 2008, with illustrations. Very moving!

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    1. clcouch123 says:

      Thank you! I had no idea such a transcript was available.

      Liked by 1 person

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