Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Last year, a friend on facebook challenged me to find and read the following, and now...'tis complete!

  1. A book with more than 500 pages (Politics on a Human Scale, Jeff Taylor)
  2. A classic romance (Emma, Jane Austen)
  3. A book that became a movie (The Copperhead, Harold Frederic)
  4. A book published this year  (The Empty Throne, Bernard Cornwell)
  5. A book with a number in the title (Selma 1965, Chuck Fager)
  6. A book written by someone under 30 (I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai)
  7. A book with nonhuman characters (The Magician's Nephew, C.S. Lewis)
  8. A funny book (Bachelors Anonymous, P.G. Wodehouse)
  9. A book by a female author (Boudica, Vanessa Collingridge)
  10. A mystery or thriller (The Iron Web, Larken Rose)
  11. A book with a one-word title (AgincourtJuliet Barker)
  12. A book of short stories (The Inimitable Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse)
  13. A book set in a different country (Map of Betrayal, Ha Jin)
  14. A nonfiction book (Winter World, Bernd Heinrich) 
  15. A popular author's first book (Carrie, Stephen King)
  16. A book from an author who love that you've not yet read (Zebra Derby, Max Shulman)
  17. A book a friend recommended (Recarving Rushmore, Ivan Eland)
  18. A Pulitzer-Prize winning book (An Army at Dawn, Rick Atkinson)
  19. A book based on a true story (The Marriage Game, Alison Weir)
  20. A book on the bottom of your to-read list (The Search for Ice Age Americans, Kenneth Tankersly)  
  21. A book your mom loves (Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Montgomery)
  22. A book that scares you (Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko)
  23. A book more than 100 years old (Beowulf)
  24. A book based entirely on its cover (The Internet Police, Nate Anderson)
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't (Grendel, John Gardner) 
  26. A memoir (The South Since the War, Sidney Carton)
  27. A book ye can finish in a day (The Quartet, Joseph Ellis)
  28. A book with antonyms in the title (That Was Then, This is Now, S.E. Hinton)
  29. A book set somewhere you wanted to visit (The Great Cities, ed. John Julius Norwich)
  30. A book that came out the year you were born (Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card)
  31. A book with bad reviews (Patriots, James Rawles)
  32. A trilogy (Star Trek: Terok Nor James SwallowS.D. Perry, and Britta Dennison)
  33. A book from your childhood (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis)
  34. A book with a love triangle (The Other Queen, Philippa Gregory)
  35. A book set in future (A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller)
  36. A book set in high school (The Chosen, Chaim Potok)
  37. A book with color in title (Green is the New Red, Will Potter)
  38. A book that made you cry (The Pigman, Paul Zindel)
  39. A book with maa-agic (The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien) 
  40. A graphic novel (V for Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd)
  41. A book by an author you've never read (The Americans, Daniel Boorstin)
  42. A book you own but haven't read (The Eagle's Conquest, Simon Scarrow)
  43. A book set in your hometown (Casualties, David Rothstein)
  44. A book originally written in different language (Tevye's Daughters, Sholom Alecheim)
  45. A book set during Christmas ("Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol", Tom Mula)
  46. A book written by author with your initials (Here Be Dragons, Sharon Penman)
  47. A play ("The Importance of Being Earnest", Oscar Wilde)
  48. A banned book (The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini)
  49. A book based on, or turned into, a TV show (Star Trek TOS: Foul Deeds will Rise, Greg Cox) 
  50. A book you started but never finished (The Human Zoo, Desmond Morris)


  1. Great challenge. Congrats on finishing!

  2. I knew you would (obviously). Congrats on finishing Emma! I did OK with 30 as I wasn't expecting to do all of them. Already planning my 2016 reading so I have my own challenges to complete next year.

  3. Do you have many different ones going? I've got the Classics club, and I may or may not do that "2016 reading challenge".

  4. I think my biggest challenge is to read everything I plan to read! For example, I'm going to see if I can manage 10 20th Century Classics in a row. Now that'll definitely be a challenge!!

  5. Do you have a cut-off point, year-of-publication wise?

  6. Difficult to say. I mean, if something was published in 1987 can it actually be called a 'classic'? I shall have to think on it.... as always [grin]


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