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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge Accepted

Back in mid-July, I discovered the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge. I was intrigued by the variety it offered, so I decided to plunge in. For convenience, I decided that any book I had read that month or which I read for the rest of the year was eligible.

A lot of people complain that fifty-two books – one a week, on average – is too many. (There are fifty entries, but one entry is "a trilogy," bringing the total to fifty-two.) But I routinely read over a hundred books in a year, so I figured I could do it. More than half a year, less than half my usual total.

Without further ado, the list . . .

Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge

A book with more than 500 pages
Tower Lord (Raven’s Shadow #2) by Anthony Ryan (11/2015)

A classic romance

A book that became a movie
On the Beach by Nevil Shute (06/2015)

A book published this year
Shadows of Self (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson (10/2015)

A book with a number in the title
The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (12/2015)

A book written by somebody under 30
Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

A book with nonhuman characters
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman (08/15)

A funny book
Raising Steam (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett (08/15)

A book by a female author
The Mischief of the Mistletoe (Pink Carnation #7) by Lauren Willig (11/2015)

A mystery or thriller
On What Grounds

A book with a one-word title
Sick by Brett Battles (audio) (12/2015)

A book of short stories

A book set in a different country
Sold by Patricia McCormick (09/2015)
Set in Nepal and India

A nonfiction book
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar

A popular author's first book
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (06/2015)

A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (06/2015)

A book a friend recommended
The Art of Fermentation

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (09/15)

A book based on a true story
Desperate Passage by Ethan Rarick (10/2015)

A book at the bottom of your to-read list

A book your mom loves

A book that scares you
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

A book more than 100 years old

A book based entirely on its cover
Whole Body Barefoot by Katy Bowman (12/2015)

A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (12/2015)

A memoir
A Long Way Home (07/2015)

A book you can finish in a day
Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress by Shelley Mazzanoble (08/15)

A book with antonyms in the title
Live Free or Die (Troy Rising #1) by John Ringo (07/2015)

A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

A book that came out the year you were born
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (11/2015)

A book with bad reviews
Twilight by Stefanie Meyers (10/2015)

A trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

A book from your childhood

A book with a love triangle
Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins (07/2015)

A book set in the future
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

A book set in high school
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (11/2015)

A book with a color in the title
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation #1) by Lauren Willig

A book that made you cry
Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins (07/2015)

A book with magic
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (11/2015)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (12/2015)

A graphic novel

A book by an author you've never read before
Frostborn (Frostborn #1) by Lee Anders (in progress)

A book you own but have never read
Grave Peril (Temperance Brennan #6) by Kathy Reichs (audio)

A book that takes place in your hometown

A book that was originally written in a different language 

A book set during Christmas
An Undead Christmas

A book written by an author with your same initials
Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo #1) by D.M. Cornish (in progress)

A play
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

A banned book

A book based on or turned into a TV show
Dead and Gone (Southern Vamp #9) by Charlene Harris (10/2015)

A book you started but never finished
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Rich Mullins

Unassigned Books 

The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried (11/2015)
The Alloy of Law (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson (09/2015)

*I never, ever shirked a reading assignment in high school or college; in fact, I always went above and beyond. For this entry, I chose a book that I should have read in high school but didn't. Fortunately, it's starting to pop up on high school reading lists.

† I don't know if this one "scares" me, but it certainly gives me the creeps!