Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge Progress

Considering that two-thirds of the year is now spent, how's that 2015 reading challenge coming?  As introduced earlier in the year, it's a literary scavenger hunt: 52 books in 52 weeks.  I've taken care of most of the list, with just a few categories remaining.

  • A classic romance (anything by Jane Austen)
  • A book with nonhuman characters (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?)
  • A popular author's first book (Carrie, Stephen King)
  • A book from an author who love that you've not yet read (anything by Asimov or Wendell Berry)
  • A Pulitzer-Prize winning book (The Prize or Rousseau and Revolution
  • A book on the bottom of your to-read list (pos. We Who Dared Say No to War)
  • A book your mom loves (TBD)
  • A book more than 100 years old (any classic,)
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't (Grendel
  • A book with antonyms in the title (really tempted to do War and Peace just to say I did it)
  • A trilogy (Star Trek series)
  • A book from your childhood (anything)
  • A book with maa-agic (The Two Towers)
  • A graphic novel (V for Vendetta
  • A book you own but haven't read ( many choices)
  • A book set during Christmas  (TBD)
  • A book written by author with your initials (Here There be Dragons, Sharon Penman)
  • A banned book (so many choices)
  • A book based on, or turned into, a TV show (TBD)

...okay, that's more than I thought.  As you can see,  I have ideas for most of of them. Unfortunately, some of the ideas are monstrous. Either one of the Pulitzer suggestions could be used as a weapon.  Four months and twenty-one books left, along with my usual addictions (trains!) to feed....I'd better get to work!


  1. Well, you're doing better than me. I've still 24 to go and plans to read a lot of off-challenge books.... [grin] I'll be happy to break the 30 barrier to be honest.

    I was momentarily thinking about War & Peace but then decided I just couldn't do it. I had another one lined up (Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon) but found it unreadable.

    I'm confident that you'll make 50 though at your reading speed... and 'Winter is Coming' so what else is there to do but read?

  2. I had planned for a few sets this fall -- Ancient Mesopotamia and Russian Literature -- but I need to shave this down first.

    You can always claim the first two weeks of 2016 by pretending to use the Julian calendar..


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