Thus this challenge.
Hello everyone! Happy New Year! Wow, it’s 2015. Where did the time go? Where will it go this time?
Last year, I read 37 books out of my original goal of 25. That’s the GoodReads-official number. And yes, I set a rather realistic goal… to save myself from failure and keep the pressure off somewhat. I applaud you guys who can break past 50 and 100 per year. I’ve always wanted to do that but eh, I happened to re-discover Fullmetal Alchemist towards the end of the year.
Anyway, I want to do something different this year. Starting it off with a reading challenge -slash- a reading plan. I talked quite a bit about reading slumps in previous posts and being jaded with the current genre trends and whatnot. Then I realized, I was being too lax with myself. I don’t – can’t – keep a reading schedule because I… idk, commitment problems? *gasp* Not those kinds of commitment problems but when I looked back at my current TBR list, I found a lot of titles that I started, made a decent dent out of, but eventually put down because I either got bored or disinterested. I’ve actually missed the feeling of finishing a book!
This year, I want to hold myself accountable. 2015 will be a DNF-free year. Setting aside unfinished books is fine just as long as I finish them by 31 December 2015. Audiobooks count as well as re-reads. I still put my official goal as 25 but it will definitely be more than that. For sure.
Popsugar has this wonderful “ultimate reading challenge“. I see it as a reading plan.
Fifty items. Fifty or so titles. The goal is to read a book (or several) that satisfies each item on the list. I’m pretty sure, I will be reading other titles as well but it’s good to have a list to start with. I’m hoping it will help lessen the chance of a slump at least. The list looks pretty solid, spanning different genres and interests. It can also bring back a little variety in my reading. One can have too much YA… especially if that’s not your niche. I’m open to suggestions, recommendations, and other options. So if you have anything for me to read, I’d love to hear about it.
Here’s my list. It may change without prior notice. I will cross out the item once I’m done with it.
1. A book with more than 500 pages: A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. 980 pages. (Which reminds me. I still have to finish The Fiery Cross.)
2. A classic romance: Jane Eyre, of course. It’s the same ride every year.
3. A book that became a movie: It’s like every book becomes a movie nowadays. There are a ton but I’m definitely reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth before the movie comes out in March. 4. A book published this year: Rebel Queen: A Novel by Michelle Moran 5. A book with a number in the title: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
6. A book written by someone under 30: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. I have an ARC but I think I won’t read it in time before it actually comes out in a couple of days. I mean, she’s even younger than ME!
7. A book with nonhuman characters: The Hobbit. The only humans are the Laketown people. 😄
8. A funny book: I don’t do well with comedy but I can try. Any suggestions? You can give me non-fiction titles but if there’s a good one under fiction, lemme at it.
9. A book by a female author: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. 10. A mystery or thriller: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz. 11. A book with a one word title: : Illusionarium by Heather Dixon. 12. A book with short stories: Pieces of You by Tablo. 13. A book set in a different country: The Yearning by Kate Belle. Set in Australia.
14. A non-fiction book: The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero.
15. A popular author’s first book: No idea. Give me a popular author’s name and I’ll pick from the lot.
16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue.
17. A book a friend recommended: Warren the 13th by Tania del Rio. The author herself recommended it.
18. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel: I’ve had such awful luck with Pulitzer Prize winning novels. I’ve read a couple and all of them bored me to tears. Except A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I quite liked that… even before I realized that it won the Pulitzer. So let’s see… hmm… The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson has always intrigued me. It’s about North Korea so the interest is already there. We’ll see.
19. A book based on a true story: Generation Kill. Does that count?
20. A book at the bottom of your TBR list: As of 20150130, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
21. A book your mom loves: Nancy Drew Musteries: Ringmaster’s Secret by Carolyn Keene. 22. A book that scares you: The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith.
23. A book more than a 100 years old: Any of the 4 Sherlock Holmes novels by Arthur Conan Doyle.
24. A book based entirely on its cover: Tampa by Alissa Nutting.
25. A book you were supposed to read in school and didn’t: To be honest, I never had required reading while in school. I didn’t study in the US. Let me consult a list. Hmm, I don’t mind re-reading Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. A lot of the titles in the list that I saw, I already read them. During my free time.
26. A memoir: It’s actually an autobiography but Traci Lords: Underneath it All by Traci Lords. Yes, the porn star.
27. A book with antonyms in the title: Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto comes to mind. This might change in the future.
28. A book you can finish in a day: The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne.
29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to go: Is there one whole book about Rivendell or Lothorien? I kid. I actually like a lot of Swedish thrillers so maybe one of those.
30. A book published the year you were born: I’m pleasantly surprised to see a LOT of books released in 1988 are still popular to this day. How about we do The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.
31. A book with bad reviews: Dracula the Un-dead by Dacre Stoker. 32. A Trilogy: Finished up Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. It’s from the Peculiar Children trilogy. 33. A book from your childhood: The Hardy Boys: The House on the Cliff by Franklin Dixon.
34. A book with a love triangle: Goodness me. It’s like every YA novel in history. Sigh. Someone give me a good EROTICA title for this, yeah? Make it juicy.
35. A book set in the future: Parasite by Mira Grant.
36. A book set in high school: This is the YA trope that makes me cringe. But I heard that PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han is coming out this year. I did enjoy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so there’s that.
37. A book with a color in the title : Golden Son by Pierce Brown. 38. A book that made you cry: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward. 40. A graphic novel: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, art by Cassandra Jean.
41. A book by an author you’ve never read before: There is the world to choose from. But right now, any excuse to put up an erotica title, Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard.
42. A book you own but never read: *closes eyes. points to shelf. sings Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. stops moving finger.* The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. Wow, two Sherlock books on this list!
43. A book that takes place in your hometown: My hometown is Manila, Philippines. Any recommendations, mga kababayan?
44. A book that was originally written in another language: This will require a bit on research on my part.
45. A book set during Christmas: Not a fan of this seasonal genre so I don’t have an answer right now.
46. A book by an author who had your same initials: My initials are CT. Off the top of my head, I don’t know any author by those initials.
47. A play: I know I have a copy of Journey’s End by RC Sherriff somewhere around here.
48. A banned book: Books have been banned for the shallowest of reasons.
49. A book based on or turned into a tv show: Double Dealer (CSI: LV #1) by Max Allan Collins.
50. A book you started but never finished: There is a reason why these books are never finished. But Horns by Joe Hill. I put it down last year because it got slow and I wasn’t in the right mood it. I’m still interested though.
There you go. My reading plan for 2015. Let me know if you’re doing this challenge this year too. Let’s compare notes and shape each other’s lists.