Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking Forward: 2015

Last year, I did "A Year In Review," and this year, I started writing one up, but instead I have something a little more interesting that came into my mailbox while working on it..

Instead of looking backward, as we are wont to do, this time, I'm going to work on looking forward, and to help me on this endeavor is a Reading Challenge for the new year. If you know me or have read much of my writing, you know that reading challenges, especially those that are quantity based, are a bit of a cake-walk for me. (I consider it a bad year if I've read less than 100 books over the course of it). This challenge is different.

It's a set of criteria to meet for books read. While it would be easy for me to pick one book for each and every requirement, I'm not going to. Instead, I'm going to spend the year trying to find as small of a pool of books to meet all of the criteria as I can.

But there's a catch. I already can't perfect this list because there is one item that I'm ineligible for, number 43. Yes, I was one of those kids, those I've never felt any shame in it.


2015 Reading Challenge
  1. a book with more than 500 pages
  2. a classic romance
  3. a book that became a movie
  4. a book published this year
  5. a book with a number in the title
  6. a book written by someone under 30
  7. a book with non-human characters
  8. a funny book
  9. a book by a female author
  10. a book you can finish in a day
  11. a book with antonyms in the title
  12. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
  13. a book that came out the year you were born
  14. a book with bad reviews
  15. a trilogy
  16. a book from your childhood
  17. a book with a love triangle
  18. a book set in the future
  19. a book set in high school
  20. a book with a color in the title
  21. a book that made you cry
  22. a book with magic
  23. a book by an author you've never read before
  24. a book you own but have never read
  25. a book that takes place in your hometown
  26. a book that was originally written in a different language
  27. a book set during Christmas
  28. a mystery or thriller
  29. a book with a one-word title
  30. a book of short stories
  31. a book set in a different country
  32. a non-fiction book
  33. a popular author's first book
  34. a book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
  35. a book a friend recommended
  36. a Pulitzer prize-winning book
  37. a book based on a true story
  38. a book at the bottom of your to-read list
  39. a book your mom loves
  40. a book that scares you
  41. a book more than 100 years old
  42. a book based entirely on its cover
  43. a book your were supposed to read in school but didn't
  44. a memoir
  45. a book written by an author with your same initials
  46. a play
  47. a banned book
  48. a book based on or turned into a tv show
  49. a book you started by never finished