Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jenn's 2016 Reading Challenge

I really enjoy doing reading challenges, a lot. So I stumbled across one recently and knew that I would have to give it a shot. There is a group on Goodreads called Around the Year in 52 Books and essentially, there is a different topic for every week of the year to read a book in. So I had a look at the topics and for the most part, it seems like it's my kind of books. There are a few however that should make me go out of my reading comfort zone, which is a good thing. I mean if you stick to the same thing all the time, you'll never find out if you might like something else.

So basically, I'm going to post the list here and then list what books I have decided to read for each topic. I haven't figured out all of the topics yet, but I'm working on it. If you see something that I haven't yet decided on, please feel free to give me some recommendations! For the most part I'm trying to pick from the books that I own and need to read, because I also have a goal to only buy 30 books this year (we'll see how that

1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't - Winter by Marissa Meyer
2. A book set in a different continent  - Haven't picked
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015 - Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name - Jane by April Lindner
6. The highest rated on your TBR - Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
7. A book about books - A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages - Haven't picked
9. A book that was mentioned in another book - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now - The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
12. A childhood classic The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
13. Reader’s Choice - Haven't picked
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) - Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago) - Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
17. A book with a beautiful cover - The Crown by Kiera Cass
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list - We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
19. A non-fiction book - Haven't picked
20. A book with a first name in the title - Still Alice by Lisa Genova
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page - Haven't picked
22. The first book in a new to you series - Switched by Amanda Hocking  (I've actually read this one already!!)
23. The next book in a series you are reading - Haven't picked
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.) - A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire (Another I've read already!)
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you - Haven't picked
26. A book everyone is talking about - The Martian by Andy Weir (Done it! Loved it! Hope to have a review up for it soon)
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion) - Haven't picked
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name - Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (No really, apparently she has a pseudonym) 
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own - Haven't picked
31. A work of young adult fiction - Haven't picked
32. A historical fiction book - Plains of Passage by Jean M Auel
33. The 16th book on your TBR - Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
34. A book about mental illness - By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
35. An award winning book - Graceling by Kristin Cashore
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation - She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read - Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
38. A book about an anti hero - Specials by Scott Westerfeld
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list (I picked "A Book set on another planet") - Dune by Frank Herbert
40. A novella from your favorite genre - Haven't picked
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction) - Haven't Picked
42. A top 100 fantasy novel - The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night - First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public - Haven't picked
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have - My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
46. A crime story - Haven't picked
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title - haven't picked
48. A dystopia - Haven't picked
49. A book with a great opening line - Haven't picked
50. A book originally written in a language other than English - Haven't picked
51. A short story from a well-known author - Haven't picked
52. A book published in 2016 - Haven't picked

So some of the ones that I haven't picked a book for yet are fairly easy to fill. I'm sure I'll be reading quite a few books that will fit into some of those categories, the others will be more difficult to fill.

Do you have any challenges this year? Let me know below what they are!

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