Author Tammara Webber shared a fun-looking 2015 reading challenge, and after reading what I have to do to fulfill it, I just GOTTA DO IT!!! I think the search for the books to complete the challenge will be just as fun as reading ‘em.
And you know me and lists. I just can’t resist making them. Plus, I think this is the perfect opportunity to expand my reading experience into different genres!
And I’ve already been asking for reader-help!
Sadie: Yay! Is this for the challenge. Billie, Cori, Kodi and I have been obsessed all day about the challenge lol. Tracie is going to do it too.
Billie: Yes… We are slightly obsessed with this challenge. And by slightly, I mean we are all-consumed and making word documents and talking about it 24/7.
Maryse: Yes Sadie!! It’s for that reading challenge. I’m preparing the blog post right now, and as fun as it is… I’m being challenged already.
Maryse: Oh WOW!!! You guys are giving me AWESOME suggestions. YES YES YES!!!! *happy dance*
Kodi: We are very dedicated about this, Maryse! We have spread sheets going, word documents created. Next up is a power point…. Ok, maybe not a power point, but still! This is serious biz!
Maryse: This is gonna be SO fun! A brand new TBR list!!
So here I go… let’s see what I can come up with, shall we? If i’m iffy on one I’ll ask if you guys have a better option for me. UPDATE: I’m still working on this list as we speak. I’m only halfway through choosing the books for each challenge question.
A book with more than 500 pages: Hrmm… so many options here. Maybe that new Anna Todd series? Each book is way over 600 pages. I am definitely open to suggestions with this part of the challenge. Let me know in the comments if you know one you think I will love. I FOUND IT and read it!! This one is almost 600 pages!! Book Review – Soaring by Kristen Ashley
- A classic romance: Hrmmm… I dunno. Gone with the Wind? I’ve never read it (nor watched the movie) and that is considered a classic for sure. Any other suggestions?
- A book that became a movie: YAY! FINALLY an EASY one!!! I’m absolutely finally, once and for all, gonna stop being a chicken (*pok pok*) and read The Fault in Our Stars. DONE!!
A book published this year:<— That’s easy too. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. P.S. It’s now LIVE on Amazon early!!! (Here’s my review) A book with a number in the title: Darn!!! I wish I could choose Fifty Shades of Grey!!! But I’ve already read it, and this is so I can EXPAND my reading so…. what to choose. What to choose? My aunt says she enjoyed this one: Two Tears in a Bucket (and that blurb sounds good to me!) I FOUND IT AND I READ IT! It’s The Five Stages of Falling in Love (<— my review!) by Rachel Higginson A book written by someone under 30:Well… our indie community sure has plenty of authors under thirty, so maybe I’ll wait before I choose one for this category and see what books come up. Oh!!!! Sadie and I are chatting and we suspect maybe that one of our FAV authors is under 30… so if that is the case, I have my definite choice for this section! Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid (it’s only out in July, but I am in no matter what section she fits in!). (Maybe in Another Life – my review)
- A book with non-human characters: Paranormal time!!! I’m gonna read Burned: Fever Series Book 7 by Karen Marie Moning. PERFECT!!! *happy dance* The Fever Series is one of my most favorite paranormal series in the world, and while some characters are human, most of ‘em are absolutely not. Barrons anyone? *squeeeee*
A funny book:Well I wish I could re-read “The Plan” ’cause that one tickled me! But I’m open to suggestions here too. Oh I know!!! One that MichelleS and Claudia from Facebook loved and keep recommending… what was it again? YES!!! I found it! The Rosie Project: A Novel (Don Tillman Book 1). YAY!! Another one from my TBR list that will finally be read. (and here is my review!!) A book by a female author: Well that’s SUPER easy. I’ll just cross this one out after my next book. LOL!!! Here it is!! —> Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec A mystery or thriller: Ooooh maybe a good Dean Koontz one. I LOVE him!! Oh wait!! My aunt and Debra just recommended this one (and my aunt is very excited that the movie is coming out. YAY ME!!) Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel. Debra says: “Before I Go to Sleep, I am reading it right now and it’s good, the movie is coming out soon” OH!!! Here is what I went with and OMG was it every a mystery-thriller!! MY REVIEW: Tight by Alessandra Torre A book with a one word title: Clean by Amy Reed <— I’ve never heard of this one before, but the book cover grabbed me, the title too! And that blurb is just about perfect for me. Doesn’t sound like our “usual”, romance-wise, but does sound like our angsty-YA real deep kind of read. Ya know? I’m in! And while I want to read Clean… here is my book for this category: Book Review – Confess by Colleen Hoover
- A book of short stories: ???? Not sure yet which one I’m choosing… help? I’m thinking Olive Kitteridge: Fiction (it won a Pulitzer prize), and I found it looking for a Pulitzer prize winning book for one of the challenge questions, below. But since this one is comprised of many short stories, I think it’s perfect for me, and still leaves my options open to choose yet another Pulitzer prize book to read for this challenge!
A book set in a different country: My aunt tells me this one!!! The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. SHE LOVED IT!! Lots of great reviews and sounds deep, and it takes place in Burma. YES!!!!! I LOVED my choice for this one: Book Review – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- A non-fiction book: Ohhhhhh I LOVE autobiographies!!!! That’s what I’m choosing. I wonder which one. Back to my olden days of reading. That’s all I used to read. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Pepper singer autobiography) <— ROCK STAR BOOK!! Those used to be my favorites (I mean rock star autobiographies… annnnnnd rock star books).
- A popular author’s first book: ???? Not sure yet which one I’m choosing… help?
- A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: EASY!!!!!! I still haven’t read Karina Halle’s final Experiment in Terror Series book because I’ve been so scared to let Perry and Dex go. *sigh* One of my all time favorite series n the world, I went NUTS over, and I’m one of the only mega-fans that hasn’t read the conclusion. It’s time, my friends.
A book a friend recommended: My best friend Sherry has been recommending this one to me for MONTHS now saying “Therapy is the perfect angst filled book!”, and she knows I’ll love it. So THERAPY it is! And Whitney says: “Definitely a must read. This book is tragically beautiful. It will rip your heart out but leave you on a high.” And while I STILL INTEND on reading it this year, THIS ONE came highly recommended a TON, too. My Facebook crew and friends insisted and so I went in. AND I LOVED IT! Book Review – Kulti by Mariana Zapata. My friends were right, yet again!
- A Pulitzer-prize winning book: I’ve decided to choose the 2014 winner. Why not? Easy choice. It sounds great, and I keep seeing it in my Amazon suggestions feed, and I think I’m going to love it. —> The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction).
- A book based on a true story: WHOA! This one sounds crazy… so. This one! And I Don’t Want to Live This Life: A Mother’s Story of Her Daughter’s Murder
- A book at the bottom of your TBR List: Okay. This one’s been floating for way too long on my TBR list and I’m thinking it’s time I get to it. Plus, everyone that has read it appears to love it, so what am I waiting for, right? Bullet to the Heart (No Mercy). Sounds right up my dark alley!
- A book your mom loves: My mom is telling me I should read Now and Forever by Danielle Steele. My mom said she read this one back when I was young, and she loved it so much she made a quilt dedicated to it. She wrote on the quilt “Now and Forever” and the marriage vows from that book.
A book that scares you:Oooooh this one could be ANYTHING. Horror/psychological thriller (’cause of course that’s scary!!), or sordid and forbidden (those take me right out of my comfort zone, which scares me), or sob-inducing (crying scares me). I would have easy said The Fault in Our Stars ’cause I’ve been avoiding it due to me being a scaredy-cat, but I chose it for another option up there. So… any book that could scare me that you’d highly recommend? I FOUND IT!!! —> Still Missing <—I’ve had this one floating in my Kindle for awhile now, and OMG I was terrified. A kidnap read but scared me SO bad. Here’s my review.
- A book more than 100 years old: Pride and Prejudice <— I need to finally read this one, one and for all! How dare I be a romance reader and not have this classic under my belt! *slaps hands* I DID see the move though. That counts, right? Nooooooo? *hrmph*
- A book based entirely on it’s cover: Sooooooo…. I get to judge a book by it’s cover for this one? Choose it specifically because of the cover? Oh boy…. I have some browsing to do. And noooooo. I’m not necessarily going to choose one with the hottest hottie. Tee hee!!!! I FOUND IT!!! Sweet Nothing: A Novel <— Plus it’s by one of my FAVORITE authors and OMG that blurb!!! So it’ll be this one. ABSOLUTELY!
- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t: Well… I think I read everything assigned to me in high school for school work, but I’ll take a look and see if there are any that I didn’t read that are part of high school curriculum and I’ll choose that. 1984 was NOT assigned to me to read (although many of my American friends say it was part of their high school curriculum), and I always wanted to read it. It sounds so crazy. So I’m choosing it!
- A memoir: Well… I already have 2 or 3 memories on here, but since I love ‘em, I’d be HAPPY to choose another. YES!!! I found one. The wife of a rock star. Imagine that kind of story? I must read this! Fall to Pieces
- A book you can finish in a day: Pretty much any of my usual reads… so I’m leaving this open.
- A book with antonyms in the title: Okay… I’m admitting it. What the heck is an antonym? *blink blink* I know. You’re all so ashamed right now. *snort* Okay well that’s what Google’s for. Ah. Okay. Now I know. So did anyone else wonder what an antonym was? *blush* Sadie chose this book, so I think I’m following her lead on it. Mine too! —> Where I End and You Begin. It sounds SOOOOOO good. YES YES YES!!!
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Ireland, Italy, France and Scotland. And England. Okay but I’m going to choose Adam Black’s book (The Immortal Highlander: 6) since I was thoroughly enjoying Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and everyone tells me Adam’s book is THE BEST!! So it’s in Scotland and sounds like the perfect choice to me!
- A book that came out the year I was born: *gasp* Must I even go there??!! *hrmph* Okay this one. It was all the scandal back then, I remember. So I’ll read it now that I’m an adult. Fear of Flying: 40th Anniversary Edition by Erica Jong
- A book with bad reviews: Well. I mean all books have some bad reviews, right? My absolute favorites even do (*gasp!!*) Do they mean EXTRA bad reviews, or 1 will suffice? *sigh* Sadie chose this one. I’m thinking it’s gonna be good!! You Should Have Known. Done! I’m in!
- A Trilogy: YAY!!! Perfect excuse to finally read this game-changer!! I hear it IS AWESOME!!! Kane Trilogy. After all… Lis said: “I f’n loved Jameson! So sexy and dirty! *fans self* Another author who’s books I will automatically one click!“
- A book from your childhood: One of the rare books that I’ve read and re-read over and over and over again… back in the days when I could totally relate to Margaret. So I’m going to get a kick out of rediscovering this one! YAY ME!! Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
- A book with a love triangle: Gah!!! I think I’ve already read ‘em all. Those are totally MY thing. Angsty romance involving love triangles. The best one of all time, in my opinion is Thoughtless but I’ve already read that one. *sigh* So now I have to choose another…
- A book set in the future:
A book set in high school: I LOVED this one, and yes they are in their last year of high school, but it’s good enough for me! FANTASTIC READ! Book Review – Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
- A book with a color in the title:
- A book that made you cry:
- A book with magic: YES!!! I know this one… I know it’s going to come as a shock to many, but I have YET to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1). *gasp*!!! I know. It is everyone’s FAVORITE book in the world, and yet… I… have not read it. But for this particular challenge, I’m reading it! YAY ME!!!
- A graphic novel:
A book my an author you’ve never read before: I discovered my love of Elle Kennedy, this year! She’s got a ton of books, but I read her for the first time with this one: Book Review – The Deal by Elle Kennedy <—- and it was FANTASTIC! I will be reading more!
- A book you own but have never read: OH!!! I know which one I’m reading. My fellow Facebook readers have suggested SO many good ones, but it’s The Girl in 6E (A Deanna Madden Novel Book 1) that I’ve chosen. Absolutely THIS ONE! I’ve been dying to read it, and now I have the perfect excuse!
- A book that takes place in your hometown:
- A book that was originally written in a different language:
- A book set during Christmas:
- A book written by an author with your same initials:
- A play:
- A banned book:
- A book based on, or turned into a TV show:
- A book you started but never finished: