New Year, New Reads

Happy New Year everyone! I’m so sorry, I know it has been awhile since my last post. Life threw me a few unexpected curveballs and it impacted my blogging and reading. I did continue to read since my last post even though I haven’t had a chance to share my reviews. But I still didn’t even come close to meeting my 2015 Reading Challenge of 52 books; I only completed 16 which is pretty dismal. I’m really disappointed in myself.


But I’m back and ready to start the new year strong.


I’ve decided that my goal for 2016 is to finish all the books that I didn’t complete for POPSUGAR’s 2015 Reading Challenge and to complete their 2016 Reading Challenge of 41 books. So altogether my goal for 2016 is to read 77 books. Below I have my list of books that I plan to read for the 2015 Reading Challenge, including those that I’ve already completed. Some of these picks can change depending on my mood or interests, but it will most likely stay fairly similar. Once I am close to finishing this list, I will post the list of books I plan to read for the 2016 Challenge. And over the next week or so I will try to post reviews for the books that I’ve read over the past 3 months.

  1. A book with more than 500 pages – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (CURRENTLY READING)
  2. A classic romance – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (COMPLETED – Review to come)
  3. A book that became a movie – Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (Book Club read – COMPLETED)
  4. A book published this year – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  5. A book with a number in the title – The 100 by Kass Morgan (COMPLETED)
  6. A book written by someone under 30 – Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
  7. A book with nonhuman characters – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (COMPLETED)
  8. A funny book – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  9. A book by a female author – The House Girl by Tara Conklin (Book Club read – COMPLETED)
  10. A mystery or thriller – Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (Book Club read – COMPLETED)
  11. A book with a one word title – Panic by Lauren Oliver
  12. A book of short stories – The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
  13. A book set in a different country – Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (Book Club read – COMPLETED)
  14. A nonfiction book – Parenting beyond Pink and Blue by Christia Spears Brown
  15. A popular author’s first book – The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  17. A book a friend recommended – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  18. A pulitzer prize winning book – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (COMPLETED – Review to come)
  19. A book based on a true story – The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  20. A book at bottom of your to-read list – Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
  21. A book your mom loves – The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  22. A book that scares you – Carrie by Stephen King (COMPLETED – Review to come)
  23. A book more than 100 years old – 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
  24. A book based entirely on the cover – A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  26. A memoir – Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz (COMPLETED)
  27. A book you can finish in a day – Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey (COMPLETED)
  28. A book with antonyms in the title – Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (Australia) – Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  30. A book that came out the year you were born – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (CURRENTLY READING)
  31. A book with bad reviews – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  32. A trilogy – The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass
  33. A book from childhood – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (COMPLETED – Review to come)
  34. A book with a love triangle – A Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  35. A book set in highschool – School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
  36. A book with a colour in the title – Golden by Cameron Dokey (COMPLETED)
  37. A book that made you cry – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  38. A book with magic – Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey (COMPLETED)
  39. A graphic novel – Skim by Mariko Tamaki (COMPLETED)
  40. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  41. A book that takes place in your hometown (Toronto) – Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  42. A book originally written in different language – Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  43. A book set during Christmas – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  44. A book written by an author with your initials – The Inheritance Loss by Kiran Desai
  45. A play – London Road by Nicholas Spagnoletti (COMPLETED)
  46. A book you own but never read – Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  47. A banned book – 1984 by George Orwell
  48. A book you started but have never finished – The Diviners by Libba Bray
  49. A book set in the future – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  50. A book based on or turned into a TV show – Rites of Passage by William Golding (Book Club Read – CURRENTLY READING)

I know 77 books in a year is a lofty goal but I feel like I’m poised and ready to take it on. I’m ready to crack open some new books and see what the new year brings! What is your reading goal for 2016? Let me know in the comments below.


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