Last year, I thought it would be a grand idea to try the 2015 Reading Challenge: a list of prompts that would allow one to read 52 books. In the beginning of the year, I went all out with excitement determining what my reading list would be; I had the books separated from my gigantic TBR shelves and was all prepared to completely blow this thing out of the water. Looking at the 2015 Reading Retrospective, you would think that by having read 102 books, I totally did blow that challenge out of the water.
Utter fail. I kind of forgot that I read by mood and cannot pick what book I’m going to read in advance. During the first part of the year, I was doing well. My choices were getting flipped around but I was managing to check the prompts off the list fairly quickly. Then I began to just read and sort of looked at the list to see if anything applied, and for the most part, I still managed to check off a few. Then I began to use more than one prompt for certain books, if they applied. Then I completely forgot about the challenge and just managed to read and didn’t even bother trying.
In total, I managed to read 26 books and check off 28 prompts (yes, I’m still accepting that tactic as ‘not cheating’). I mean, I got half-way but for someone that read 102 books in 2015, I feel like I should have done better.
The even sadder (is that a word??) part is that I’ve lost the list of prompts and therefore cannot check to see if my Reading Retrospective of 102 books contains any more completed prompts! Maybe I did complete the challenge, maybe I did a little better than originally thought, or maybe I still failed and am looking for any way to make it sound better than it truly is… it’s going to be one of life’s mysteries, I guess.
If you’re curious, the list below are the (known) completed prompts! Enjoy!
- Dead Run by Josh Lanyon – a book that takes place in a different country
- Vinyl Café Unplugged by Stuart McLean – a book of short stories/anthology
- The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon – a memoir
- Tempt Me by Isabel Morin – a book you can read in a day
- The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi – a book that scares you
- Standoff by Sandra Brown – a thriller/mystery
- Iced by Karen Marie Moning – a book with magic
- Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux – a book by a female author
- The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill – a book by an author you haven’t read before
- Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – a graphic novel
- Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis – a book with non-human characters
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – a Pulitzer prize winning book
- Beauty of the Barbarian by Amy Jarecki – a book set in a place you want to visit
- The Shadows by J.R. Ward – a book published in 2015
- Bear by Marian Engel – a book that takes place in your home town
- Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert Hare – a nonfiction book
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – a novel with 500+ pages and a book you started but never finished
- The True History of the Elephant Man by Michael Howell – a book your mom loves and a book based on a true story
- Blankets by Craig Thompson – a book your friend recommended
- Dark Road by Ian Rankin – a play
- The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag – a novel with a number in the title
- The Quick by Lauren Owen – a popular author’s first book
- With a Bullet by M. Chandler – a book you own but have not read
- Nelvana of the Northern Lights by Adrian Dingle – a book by an author with the same initials as you
- Time to Upsize by Graeme Aitken – a book with a love triangle
- Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin – a book written/published in the year you were born