Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

Tonight the gauntlet was laid down!

What a diverse set of challenges!   I'm excited about this considering I don't have anything big planned for 2015 (I have something enormous in mind for  2016, though). Some categories will be harder than others to nail (books with antonyms?!), but  it looks like a lot of fun!   I've produced a text version of this list and have repurposed the old TBR page for tracking purposes.  Free free to make suggestions -- especially on the titles with antonyms, trilogies, and books with bad reviews.

If you're interested, some friends of mine and I have created the 2015 Dumbledore is Dead and Prim Doesn't Feel Too Well Challenge group on facebook to talk about the books we have chosen, check on progress, that sort of thing.

Some ideas...
A classic romance
-  anything by Jane Austen, probably Sense and Sensibility so I can read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

A book from an author who love that you've not yet read
Isaac Asimov's End of Eternity, or something in Wendell Berry's Port William series

A book originally written in different language
Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers!   

A play
"Joseph Marley's Christmas Carol" or Howard Zinn's "Emma", based on the life of Emma Goldman.

A graphic novel
V for Vendetta

A book you own but haven't read
No shortage of possibilities there, beginning with  the entire case of Trek literature (that's what happens when you buy a couple of  $5 boxes full of TOS/TNG paperbacks from ebay) in my bedroom!

A book on the bottom of your to-read list
I don't know if that's more of "a book you've been meaning to read for a while now, but haven't" or "a book you swore you would NEVER EVER EVER READ" situation.   If the former, then it's technically We Who Dared to Say No to War, as it was on the bottom of my two-entry 'Future Reads' list.

Book published in the year you were born
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, possibly?

Well, I'm off to investigate the lists of Pulitzer Prize winners!


  1. What a great idea. I might do that for a bit of fun..... [muses]

  2. A friend of mine is going to try clearing the list with as FEW books as possible. I daresay not too many people can handle 52 books in one year. (Of course, some of these are lighter fare: a child's novel, a graphic novel, a book you can read in a day...)

  3. I was looking at it the other way - with one book only going to one category. Example: I'm reading Jane Eyre ATM... That could cover 5-6 categories..... [grin]

  4. I'm taking the strict approach as well, but not everyone shares our dedication to reading!

  5. True - and where would the fun be without rules and judging...?

    I've officially accepted the challenge over @ my place. I think the odds of completion are pretty high but by no means certain. I think a few of them will be quite tricky.

  6. As I told someone on the facebook group, rules keep us from being literary bonobos! ;)

    Which ones do you expect to be the toughest? I'm thinking about the 'book my mom loves', one with a love triangle (ever read Bernard Cornwell's 'Redcoat'? it will qualify), and the antonyms. I've got two possibilities for my birthyear book already...the Feynman one, and "Ender's Game".

  7. I think my toughest challenge will be the high-school one! Although I do think I have a Buffy book in one of the piles somewhere. Knowing my luck it will be one where she's at University... [grin]


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