2015 Reading Challenges: The Results

The year is all but over, so it’s time to check in and see how I did on my reading challenges. The only one I “officially” planned on doing is Modern Mrs. Darcy’s, but halfway through the year I decided to see how close I could get to completing Book Riot’s challenge.

Like the idea of a reading challenge? Modern Mrs. Darcy just announced hers for 2016, and Book Riot is also having one again. There’s also Tim Challies’ reading challenge, which is tiered to match your reading ambitions – anywhere from 13 to 104 books. I’m considering posting about how the books from my book club can help you fit these challenges. 🙂 Happy reading!

2015 MMD Reading Challenge Completed

Modern Mrs Darcy’s 2015 Reading Challenge

I completed this one fairly easily – the categories were pretty broad. It was fun to think about it though!

  1. a book you’ve been meaning to readPride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. a book published this yearThe Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
  3. a book in a genre you don’t typically readConspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord
  4. a book from your childhoodThe Princess BrideThe Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman by William Goldman
  5. a book your mom loves84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  6. a book that was originally written in a different languageHeidi by Johanna Spyri
  7. a book “everyone” has read but youSeabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  8. a book you choose because of the coverSeraphina by Rachel Hartman
  9. a book by a favorite authorCold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
  10. a book recommended by someone with great tasteRules of Civility by Amor Towles
  11. a book you should have read in high schoolEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  12. a book currently on the bestseller listAs You Wish by Cary Elwes

Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge

  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25My Father’s DragonMy Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett by Ruth Stiles Gannett (who was 25 when this was published, so I’m assuming it was written when she was under 25.)
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65National Geographic Kids Animal Stories coauthored by Jane Yolen
  3. A collection of short storiesThe Thirteen Problem by Agatha Christie
  4. A book published by an indie press – Not entirely sure this counts, but The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz is published by Candlewick Press, which technically is an independent publisher, although it may be bigger than what Book Riot had in mind for this. But they’re not part of one of the big publishing conglomerates.
  5. A book by someone that identifies as LGBTQBorn Round by Frank Bruni (finished on the 29th of December, just in time to qualify for this challenge, as it was the last one I needed a book to fill.)
  6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your ownI Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
  7. A book that takes place in Asia -I’ve got the nonfiction The Lady and the Panda, which mostly takes place in China, and the YA title Listen, Slowly, which is set in Vietnam.
  8. A book by an author from Africa – I read the children’s book Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, who is originally from Nigeria.
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture – I reread the children’s book The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill, set in an Athabascan village in remote Alaska.
  10. A microhistoryGhost Map by Steven Johnson (maybe stretching the definition of microhistory here)
  11. A YA novel – so many to choose from here so I’ll just list the last one I read – Winter by Marissa Meyer.
  12. A sci-fi novelEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  13. A romance novelEnchanted, Inc.Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler, Book 1) by Shanna Swendson by Shanna Swendson
  14. A NBA, MBP or Pulitzer Prize winner – Not technically a winner, but I’m still going to count Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin, which was a finalist in 2014.
  15. A book that is a retelling of a classic storyBook of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  16. An audiobookAs You Wish by Cary Elwes. Although I didn’t listen to it 100%.
  17. A collection of poetry – if kids’ poetry counts, I’ve read Eric Carle’s Animals AnimalsEric Carle's Animals Animals
  18. A book that someone else has recommended to youThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless DemandsThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst by Lysa TerKeurst
  19. A book that was originally published in another languageThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  20. A graphic novel or a graphic memoir – Does a kids’ graphic novel count? I read A Journey through the Digestive System with Max Axiom, Super ScientistA Journey through the Digestive System with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science) and The Surprising World of Bacteria with Max Axiom, Super ScientistThe Surprising World of Bacteria with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science)
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasureWinter by Marissa Meyer. Love love love that series.
  22. A book published before 1850The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas would both work.
  23. A book published this year – lots to choose from here, including My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl.
  24. A self-improvement bookBetter Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

24 of 24, thanks to me counting children’s books when necessary and taking an award finalist instead of winner. Eh, close enough for me. 😉

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  1. Good Job Shelia! I love a good book challenge, it helps me get outside of my comfort zone.

    • Me too, although I also like the fun of trying to see how many books I was already planning on reading can fit into the categories as is. Feels like a puzzle, and I love puzzles. 🙂

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