2015 Reading Challenge Review

Posted January 19, 2016 by Holly in Discussions | 2 Comments

2015 reading challengeRowena and I both signed up to do the 26 Books in 2015 reading challenge. Sadly, I didn’t get all 26 books marked off my list. I cheated a little to get some of these.

The two I didn’t get to? A Book You Learned About Because of This Challenge and A Book Based on a True Story. I have several books marked TBR from this challenge, but I didn’t get to them. Same with a book based on a true story. Let’s hope 2016 is a better reading year for me.

1) A Book you own but haven’t read | Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini SinghI had this book in my TBR pile for years. I’m so glad I caught up on the series in 2015.
2) A Book that was made into a movie | Beastly by Alex FlinnI still haven’t seen the movie, but, hey, I read the book!
3) A Book you picked solely because of the cover | The Friend Zone by Kristen CallihanYum.
4) A Book your friend loves | Honor’s Splendour by Julie GarwoodRowena loves this book. I’ve read it before, but it’s worth listing here since I know she adores it.
5) A Book published this year | Midnight’s Kiss by Thea HarrisonIs it cheating if it’s a series I’m already invested in? Eh…I’m counting it.
6) A Book by an author you’ve never read before | Black Wolf’s Revenge by Tera ShanleyI didn’t love the book, but I may try the author again.
7) A Book by an author you love | Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini SinghSeriously, does the woman write anything that isn’t amazing?
8) A Book at the bottom of your “to be read” pile | Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews – I bought this book ages ago but didn’t read it. I’m glad I finally dug into the series.
9) A Book with a color in the title | White Out by Linda Howard – An old Howard favorite. 
10) A Book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit | Heart Legacy by Robin D. OwensThe Planet of Celta is one of my favorite fictional places. I would love to visit it.
11) A Book you started but never finished | Undressed by Shannon RichardI started this one several times and just couldn’t get into it. I’m glad I stuck with it, though, since it turned out to be a cute read. 
12) A Book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe | Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews – Curran, Kate’s leading man, is a Lion. 
13) A Book with a female heroine | Magic Rises by Ilona AndrewsThe books are all about Kate and her personal journey. This is one of my favorites of the series.
14) A Book set in the summer | Suddenly One Summer by Julie James And it has Summer in the title. Bonus!
15) A Book of poems | The Complete Works of Emily DickinsonI loved revisiting some of my favorite poems. Full disclosure: I didn’t read the entire book. Only my favorites. 
16) A Book you learned about because of this challenge
17) A Book that will make you smarter | Saving Grace by Julie GarwoodI know this seems like a strange choice for this category, but Johanna’s personal journey, and her struggle with her place as a woman in the church, really spoke to me.
18) A Book with a blue cover | Soaring by Kristen Ashley
19) A Book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t | The Awakening by Kate ChopinI don’t know how I missed reading this in school. It was wonderful.
20) A Book “EVERYONE” but you has read | Branded by Fire by Nalini SinghI’m not sure that this specific book is one everyone but me has read, but I finally read the entire series this year, and I feel like I’m the last one, so I’m counting it.
21) A Book with a great first linePride and Prejudice by Jane AustenThis was hard for me, because I don’t really pay attention to first lines, until I remembered I re-read P&P over the summer. Love.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

22) A Book with pictures | Go The F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach – This is a hilarious book given to me by a friend just after my youngest was born. Every parent knows the struggle. For real.
23) A Book from the library The Foot Book by Dr. SuessMy daughter and I visit the library once a week and we always get several books, but most of them are children’s books for her. I love this book, so I decided to list it rather than one of the adult books I picked up for myself.
24) A Book you loved….read it again | Fall Into Me by Linda Winfree – I adore this book. I read it at least once a year. I recently learned Winfree is writing again and plans to release a book this year. So.Effing.Excited.
25) A Book that is more than 10 years old Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase – This might be cheating a bit since it’s a re-read, but it was published 20 years ago (1995!) so it counts.
26) A Book based on a true story

24 out of 26 isn’t too bad considering my sad reading mojo in 2015.

How about you? Did you complete your 2015 reading challenges or meet your goals? 

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2 responses to “2015 Reading Challenge Review

  1. 24 out of 26 is really good!

    Did you just start the Kate Daniels series last year only?

    It sounds like a fun challenge, but I already know I wouldn’t complete it because there are some criteria I don’t like/care about.

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