Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Book Challenge 2015!

Now that we've entered a new year, let's up the ante on our reading challenges, shall we?  By now you should know that I'm a big lover of keeping track of what I read - not only here on my blog, but on an Excel spreadsheet at home and on my GoodReads account (I'm waving my book geek flag high and proud, y'all!!). 
I know not everyone reads as much as I do but that doesn't mean that we can't all spread our 'reading wings' a bit and try some new books, authors or genres that we've shied away from in the past.  Maybe this will open up a whole new world for us!
Normally my method of choosing books ranges from seeing soon to be published books on NetGalley, to hearing people tell me good reads as a Library Assistant or tips from m'peeps on GoodReads to 'Oooo, that book cover looks pretty'.  I'm all over the board.  But I know there are so many authors and their writing that I haven't experienced yet and some genres that I haven't tried yet (horror, for one ... EEEK!).
I got this idea of a reading challenge from my friend Beth (who is not only one of my oldest, dearest friends but also an avid read and Library Assistant t'boot).  We've each challenged ourselves to read 85 books this year so I'm hoping that we will be able to check off a bunch of the 40 challenges I've listed below.  No stress.  This is for fun and I'm just curious to see what I (we) can accomplish this year.  
Are you up for it?  :)

1. A book set in Canada. (eg. Still Life by Louise Penny)
2. A book with a non-human main character. (eg. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien)
3. A book with more than 500 pages (eg. Roots by Alex Haley)
4. Read an e-book (C'mon.  You know you wanna try it!  Come to the dark side!)
5. A non-fiction read
6. A book written by a female author
7. A book from your library's ‘Featured Titles’
8. A book published during the year you were born
9. A book from a genre that you've never tried before
10. A book with a number in the title
11. A book written by a British author
12. An entire book trilogy/series (ie. 'His Fair Assassins' trilogy by Robin LaFevers)
13. A book of short stories  (ie. Alice Munro's 'Family Furnishings')
14. A book published this year
15. A Young Adult novel
16. A book that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t yet
17. Re-read a book that you have read in the past and didn’t love
18. A book that you read in high school
19. Listen to an audiobook or e-audiobook (great when you're working out at the gym!)
20. Read a book that’s currently on the bestseller charts
21. A book set during a World War (eg. The Paris Architect by James Belfoure)
22. A book that was later made into a movie or mini-series (or will be a movie soon.  Many upcoming books to film choices!)
23. Read a classic novel
24. A memoir or biography
25. A book written when the author was older than 65 years of age
26. Re-read your favourite book as a child
27. A historical fiction read
28. A book with magic in it
29. A book set in a country that you’ve always wanted to visit
30. A thriller or suspense read
31. A book written by a Canadian author whom you haven’t read yet
32. A book set in the 1700’s (ie. 'Into the Wilderness' series by Sara Donati)
33. A memoir of a celebrity
34. A book that will make you cry (eg. Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer)
35. A humourous book (eg.Yes, Please by Amy Poehler)
36. A book that a friend recommends to you
37. A book originally written in another language
38. A graphic novel
39. A book written when the author was under 25 years of age
40. A guilty pleasure read
 Lots of choices!  C'mon, let's do this together!  I've put a new tab across the top of my blog where I'll tell you where I'm fairing in this challenge.  If it looks like I'm slacking off please give me a shout out and get me back on track.

Happy reading in 2015!!


Reeves Honey said...

Alas I am older mom now an empty nester! I am in a reading slump for some reason so went to my "notes" on iphone where I write down
books I want to read. (replaced purse lists I carried for years!).
So since I really lean toward books about WW 2,I think because of your review on Amazon it is going to be The Paris Architect! I often read
lots of a reviewer's reviews just to see what kind of other books they read! I did not get that far with yours but did recognize some of the books going back.
I will never keep up with your 85 books a year but I have kept a list of all I read since 1998. I call it my BOB-book of books! I average about 40 books a year.
One thing about me-I worked in Philadelphia for a Canadian Insurance Company for 8 years before I became mostly a stay at home mom! I always liked that we had Boxing Day off..the day after Christmas! You can see me on Facebook I think!
Reeves W. Honey
Mom to son 28.dtr. 27 this month and the baby dtr. is 23!

Janine K said...

What a fab idea!! You are so like me it's scary, even working in a library too. I use a program called Imediaman to keep track of my books and have recorded all since 2003, which was bore I knew about Goodreads, so now I record both. No way could I read 80 per year, maybe when I retire from part time work! I will watch your challenge with interest!!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Reeves -- I hope you enjoy The Paris Architect as much as I did! If you're a Historical Fiction buff checkout my Book Index (along the green banner towards the top of the blog). In there I have a section on Historical Fiction, and specifically WWII reads that you may like. One of my favourites is In My Hands by Irene Opdyke. An awesome read!

Janine -- I haven't heard of Imediaman. I'm scared of losing my list which is why I keep my excel spreadsheet AND goodreads account. 80 books is a lot but I figure as long as people are reading and trying new things it's all good! I need to read more kids/tween books to help with my reader's advisory at the library so you may see some of those books on here in the future.

Ameena said...

Five Days Left...such an amazing book.

This challenge is a great idea!

PS: Found your blog via an Amazon review. You were spot on about JoJo Moyes!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Thanks Ameena! I'm so happy to hear that other people have enjoyed Five Days Left. Which books of Jojo Moyes have you read? Her books have been a little hit or miss for me. :(

As for the challenge, it's already pushing me to try new book. Now to pick a genre I haven't read before.

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