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PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge

I was invited to participate in PopSugar’s “2015 Reading Challenge” by my sister in-law’s sister, and a group of us have been keeping up with it in a FB group. It’s been a great way to compete and force myself to read more than my typical genres.

Participating has pushed my boundaries as a reader, and helped me to begin conversations with my students (I keep a printed copy of my running list in my classroom). They like seeing that I’m a reader and that I continue to challenge myself. I’m listing my current progress here. I am relying on Goodreads for “read dates,” so hopefully they’re close enough.

Bolded categories are completed. Underlined categories are in progress.

  • A book with more than 500 pages – Habibi – Craig Thompson
  • A classic romance – I know it’s stretching it, but let’s go with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Vols 1-6, Bryan O’Malley
  • A book that became a movie – Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive, Laura Hillenbrand (YA version)
  • A book published this year – We All Looked Up, Tommy Wallach
  • A book with a number in the title – Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  • A book written by someone under 30 – Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek – Maya Van Wagenen
  • A book with nonhuman charactersChasing Shadows, Swati Avasthi
  • A funny book – We Should Hang Out Sometime, Josh Sundquist
  • A book by a female author – The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  • A mystery or thriller – Half Bad, Sally Green
  • A book with a one-word title – Starters, Lissa Price
  • A book of short storiesTrigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman
  • A book set in a different country – Endangered, Eliot Schrefer
  • A nonfiction book – The Pregnancy Project, Gabby Rodriguez w/Jenna Glatzer
  • A popular author’s first book
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Key to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits, Donalyn Miller w/Susan Kelley
  • A book a friend recommended – Where She Went, Gayle Forman
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning bookAll the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • A book based on a true story – Orphan Train – Christina Kline Baker
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read listWhere’d You Go Bernadette? – Maria Semple
  • A book your mom loves – Proverbs, The Bible from Joyce Meyer’s The Every Day Bible
  • A book that scares you – The Death Class: A True Story About Life, Erika Hayasaki
  • A book more than 100 years old
  • A book based entirely on its cover – In Real Life, Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling & Mentor Texts – Kelly Gallagher (I was supposed to read this for a TAR group and never got around to it.)
  • A memoir – Yes Please, Amy Poehler* Special note: if you’re interested in this, you should totally get the audiobook. I think it’s the only way!
  • A book you can finish in a day – The Red Pencil – Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane Evans (illus.)
  • A book with antonyms in the title – All the Lovely Bad Ones, Mary Downing Hahn
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (BOSTON) – Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviewsBrain Camp, Susan Kim
  • A trilogy
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book with a love triangle – This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith (there is not a literal love triangle here, but I think that “fame” is really the “other person” in the relationship).
  • A book set in the future – The Knife of Never Letting Go  – Patrick Ness
  • A book set in high schoolAsk the Passengers – A.S. King
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A book that made you cry – If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  • A book with magic – Cold Days – Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files Book #14)
  • A graphic novel – The Harlem Hellfighters – Max Brooks, Canaan White (illus.)
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before –  Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira
  • A book you own but have never read – We Should Hang Out Sometime – Josh Sundquist
  • A book that takes place in your hometown – Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos (I’m stretching here, but chose a book that was set in Western Pennsylvania)
  • A book that was originally written in a different language
  • A book set during Christmas – (partially) – Inside Out and Back Again – Tanhha Lai
  • A book written by an author with your same initials
  • A play
  • A banned book – Room – Emma Donague
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show – Walking Dead Vol. 18, What Comes After
  • A book you started but never finished – Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass – Meg Medina

PROGRESS: 41/52 , updated 12/16/15

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