Thursday, December 31, 2015

The 2015 Book Challenge Revisited

For the first time in  four years, I did not reach my book reading goal. I was two books short of completion. I'm good with it though because I challenged myself with reading books that I typically wouldn't pick up. Some were difficult to get through and some, I genuinely enjoyed. I love that no matter how many books one reads there are still books that challenge the mind and open doors to new thoughts and ideas.

Below is the list I set out to complete at the beginning of 2015. The red is all the ones I did not read. I did get over the halfway point, but there are so many other books that pulled me away from focusing on the list. I rarely meet a book I don't like. :o)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling -- A book with more than 500 pages
Emma by Jane Austen -- a classic romance
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling -- A book that became a movie
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee -- A book published this year
A book with a number in the title
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey -- A book written by someone under 30
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende -- A book with non human characters
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty -- A funny book
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd -- A book by a female author
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn -- A mystery or thriller
Holes by Louis Sachar -- A book with a one-word title
Olive Kitterdge by Elizabeth Strout -- A book of short stories
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith -- A book set in a different country
Quiet by Susan Cain -- A non-fiction book
A popular author's first book
Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon -- A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher -- A book a friend recommended
A Pulitizer Prize winning book
A book based on a true story
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett -- A book at the bottom of your to read list 
A book my mom loves
A book that scares me
A book more than 100 years old
The Girl She Left Behind by Karen Brichoux -- A book based entirely on its cover
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt -- A memoir
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo -- A book you can finish in a day
A book with antonyms in the title
Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy -- A book set somewhere you always wanted to visit
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom -- A book that came out the year you were born
A book with a bad review
The rest of: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (4 books) -- A trilogy
A book from your childhood
Atonement by Ian McEwan -- A book with a love triangle
A book set in the future
A book set in highschool
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant -- A book with a colour in the title
 A book that made you cry
A book with magic
A graphic novel
The Selection by Kiera Cass -- A book by an author that you've never read before
Still Alice by Lisa Genova -- A book you own but have never read
The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton -- A book that takes place in your home town 
A book written in a different language
The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson -- A book set during Christmas
A book written by a person with your same initials -- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A play
The Giver by Lois Lowry -- A banned book
A book based on or turned into a tv show
A book you started but never finished

Total 32

Other books read:

God Came Near by Max Lucado
A Gentle Thunder by Max Lucado
Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado
In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado
One Million Arrows by Julie Ferwerda
Live Longer by Sally Brown
Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis M.D.
Get Stronger, Feel Younger by Wayne Westcott
Sierra Jensen Vol. 1 by Robin Jones Gunn
Sierra Jensen Vol. 2 by Robin Jones Gunn
Sierra Jensen Vol. 3 by Robin Jones Gunn
How to Read People Like a Book by Murray Oxman
The Complete Guide to Walking by Mark Fenton
Unchristian by David Kinnaman
What Would Jesus Do? By Helen Haidle
Wheat Belly 30 Minutes (or Less) Cookbook by William Davis M.D.
Happy Hormones, Slim Belly by Jorge Cruise
Sierra Jensen Vol. 4 by Robin Jones Gunn
The Mindful Diet by Ruth Wolever
Angel Square by Brian Doyle
The New Testament
The One Year Book of Devotions for Women on the Go by Stephen Arterburn and Pam Farrel

Total 21

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