2015 Reading Challenge Final Update

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So, you might remember from before here and here that I had a goal this year of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. And, I’m freaking proud to announce that I’ve done it!! 52 books in 52 weeks. It was hard but it was awesome, and I’m so excited about my own Reading Challenge for 2016 (stay tuned for more on that, cause I know you want to do it too.)

As you know from my previous posts, about halfway through the year I was lagging behind and joined the PopSugar reading challege to help me along. I didn’t make it through all 52 of their categories, but I did get through 38. You can see the first 30 books that I read in my earlier posts, but here are the last 8 that I did.

31-3431. A Banned Book – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie, 32. A Book Written Over 100 Years Ago – The Awakening – Kate Chopin, 33. A Book That Takes Place During Christmas – Turn to Me – Tiffany Snow, 34. A Funny Book – Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

35-38

35. A Book You Were Supposed to Read in School But Didn’t – Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck, 36. A Book with Antonyms in the Title – Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty, 37. A Book of Short Stories – Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris, 38. A Memoir – Your Voice in My Head – Emma Forrest

In addition to these 38 books, well 40 really because one of the categories was a Trilogy (I read Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal) I also read the following to add up to 52:

  1. Revision and Self Editing For Publication – James Scott Bell
  2. Write Your Novel From the Middle – James Scott Bell
  3. Stein on Writing – Sol Stein
  4. Self Editing for Fiction Writers – Renni Browne and Dave King
  5. Writing a Killer Thriller – Jodie Renner
  6. Body Surfing – Anita Shreve
  7. A Week in Winter – Maeve Binchy
  8. No Turning Back – Tiffany Snow
  9. This Dark Road to Mercy – Wiley Cash
  10. The Life We Bury – Allen Eskens
  11. When Doves Fly – Lauren Gregory
  12. Faithful Place – Tana French

In another post I’ll share with you my favourite books of the year, but more than anything else I want to encourage you to make a crazy commitment to yourself and challenge yourself to read this coming year. It doesn’t have to be 52 books. That’s kind of nuts, I’m kind of nuts. But, maybe think about how many books you read in 2015, and double it for 2016? I’ve read between 20 and 30 books a year for the last 3 years, and I thought that I would never be able to do 52 this year. But I did. And, having the challenge, that 52 in my head made me a more committed reader. Instead of facebook, I read. Instead of gossip sites, I read. Instead of magazines in waiting rooms, I carried my novel in my purse. As a result, not only did I expand my mind, but I met a challenge, and fuck if that doesn’t feel good. 🙂