Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Reading Challenges for 2016 | The List

Reading Challenges for 2016 | The List - A Simpler Grace

Happy 2016!  I'm back to share about the reading challenges I'll be participating in for the year as well as talk about how you can follow along if you'd like to do so.

I'm aiming high this year by setting a goal to read a hundred books before December 31, 2016.  100!! Check up on my progress on Goodreads. Like last year, I'll be participating in the Popsugar Reading Challenge, where they provide prompts for different types of books to read, to broaden your reading spectrum.  There are forty (plus) books on the list this year.  Below are the categories and the titles I've chosen to read.

Popsugar Reading Challenge (Count: 41/41)
  1. A book based on a fairy tale - Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Gregory Maguire)
  2. A National Book Award winner - Challenger Deep (Neal Shusterman)
  3. A YA bestseller - Paper Towns (John Green)
  4. A book you haven't read since high school - A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
  5. A book set in your home state - Gods and Generals (Jeff Shaara)
  6. A book translated to English - Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
  7. A romance set in the future - The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
  8. A book set in Europe - A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
  9. A book that's under 150 pages - Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
  10. A New York Times bestseller - Killing Reagan (Bill O'Reilly)
  11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Looking for Alaska (John Green)
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met - White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
  13. A self-improvement book - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo)
  14. A book you can finish in a day - Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  15. A book written by a celebrity - One More Thing (B.J. Novak)
  16. A political memoir - True Compass (Edward M. Kennedy)
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  18. A book that's more than 600 pages - Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)
  20. A science fiction novel - Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
  21. A book recommended by a family member - Rogue Lawyer (John Grisham)
  22. A graphic novel - The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
  23. A book that is published in 2016 - When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
  24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Let's Pretend This Never Happened (Jenny Lawson)
  25. A book that takes place during summer - Atonement (Ian McEwan)
  26. A book and it's prequel - The Eye of Minds and 
  27. (continued) Gunner Skale (James Dashner)
  28. A murder mystery - The Harbinger (Jonathan Cahn)
  29. A book written by a comedian - Bossypants (Tina Fey)
  30. A dystopian novel - Uglies (Scott Westerfield)
  31. A book with a blue cover - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
  32. A book of poetry - The Poetry of Emily Dickinson (Emily Dickinson)
  33. The first book you see in a bookstore - I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
  34. A classic from the 20th century - The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
  35. A book from the library - Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)
  36. An autobiography - Wild (Cheryl Strayed)
  37. A book about a road trip - Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert
  38. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with - The Middle East (Wendy McElroy, Sheldon Richman, Harry Reasoner)
  39. A satirical book - Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple)
  40. A book that takes place on an island - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  41. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy - It's What I Do (Lynsey Addario)
Completing 2015 Books (Count: 50/50)
In addition to this year's reading challenge, I'm also planning on completing the books I didn't read from last year's challenge.  You can follow my progress by visiting last year's "The List"page.

10 Books from the Back to University Reading List (Count: 10/10)
One of the goals in my 101 in 1001 challenge was to read ten books from the Back to University list. This is a list compiled by Sanne from BooksandQuills containing all the books she was assigned to read in her university career, both undergrad and when she got her masters degree.  
  1. Sonnets 12, 18, 19, 55, 73 (the time sonnets); 97, 107, 116, 129, 130 by William Shakespeare
  2. Macbeth  (William Shakespeare)
  3. Twelfth Night  (William Shakespeare)
  4. Paradise Lost (John Milton)
  5. The Iliad (Homer)
  6. The Odyssey (Homer)
  7. The Aeneid (Virgil)
  8. Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
  9. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
  10. Journey of the Magi (T.S. Eliot)
10 Books I Loved as a Child (Count: 10/10)
As another goal in my 101 in 1001, I wanted to read ten books I loved as a child.  I'm hoping to knock quite a few of them off the list this year.
  1. The Peter Rabbit Series (Beatrix Potter)
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  4. Tuck Everlasting (Natalie Babbitt)
  5. Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
  6. The Indian in the Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks)
  7. James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
  8. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
  9. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  10. Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
There ya have it, folks!  The master list I'll be working on this year, with a few extra books tossed in here and there as I find them.  If you want to follow along, you can find me on Goodreads or watch for my bookshelf photos on Instagram.  I use #ASGbookshelf when I post!

Are you doing a reading challenge in 2016?  If so, how many books do you hope to read?

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  1. I can't wait to hear what you think of Paper Towns!

  2. Chelsea I'm so excited to read that one! John Green is one of my faves. :)