I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving.
It turns out I never even mentioned the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I must have started an entry and then got sidetracked. It happens often. I made it a page, but not an actual blog entry. You can see the page if you want.
Even though I came to the challenge late in the year, I was quickly able to fill in the categories with books I had already read this year. You can see the list here. Many of them fit into the Book Lust Challenge, which has turned into a very diverse reading challenge. It helped me fill in a lot of the more difficult themes. The more difficult themes were also the most rewarding ones. Specifically, the Africa theme got me to read Zenzele, which was already sitting on my TBR shelf. The indigenous author theme got me to finally read Full Tilt.
I was very thankful for the group on GoodReads. Without them I would never have been able to identify books that fit those difficult categories. People created lists of books that fit each of the themes.
I am already looking forward to the 2016 challenge. I am not sure if the themes will remain the same, but my plan is to pick as many books as possible that are also part of other challenges.
Here is the list of themes and books I read this year.
- A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25: Four: A Divergent Story Collection
- A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65: Lost Memory of Skin
- A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people): Dirty Love
- A book published by an indie press: The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break
- A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ: Boy Meets Boy
- A book by a person whose gender is different from your own: Juliet, Naked
- A book that takes place in Asia: The Bridegroom
- A book by an author from Africa: Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter
- A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.): Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle
- A microhistory: Salt: A World History
- A YA novel: The Neverending Story
- A sci-fi novel: Prelude to Foundation
- A romance novel: Outlander
- A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade: The Goldfinch
- A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.): William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
- An audiobook: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
- A collection of poetry: The Poetry of T.S. Eliot
- A book that someone else has recommended to you: The Wee Free Men
- A book that was originally published in another language: The Shadow of the Wind
- A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind: The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
- A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure: The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy
- A book published before 1850: Beowulf
- A book published this year: The Truth According to Us
- A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”): In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto