2016 Reading Challenges- How Did I Do?

2016 Reading Challenges

2016 Reading Challenges

In a few days the year ends.  As I write this, I am still listening to an audiobook that I want to finish right away.  I am typically reading these days.  When I look at Bullet Journal spreads about people setting reading goals for 2017, I laugh almost manically when they say they want to read a mere 5 books.  I can read that many in less than a month.

There were three challenges I set for the year.  First, there was my own Book Lust Challenge.  I selected 12 books from Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust.  Here are the books I picked this year:

  1. Moon Cakes by Andrea Louie
  2. The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
  3. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  4. Chaos by James Gleick
  5. Bellwether by Connie Willis
  6. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García
  7. Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married by Marian KeyesLucy Sullivan Is Getting Married by Marian Keyes
  8. The Southpaw by Mark Harris
  9. The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
  10. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
  11. Until Proven Guilty by J.A. Jance
  12. The Aeneid by Virgil

I read 11 of these, not getting to Moon Cakes.  This is because of a mistake I made.  I got the wrong book and didn’t manage to get a copy of the correct one until about a month ago.

Want to do the Book Lust Challenge with me (or just see what books she lists):


I also did the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.  Here is how I did with that:

  1. Read a horror book: From a Buick 8
  2. Read a nonfiction book about science: Chaos
  3. Read a collection of essays: Alice, Let’s Eat
  4. Read a middle grade novel: Holes
  5. Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography): Truman
  6. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel: A Clockwork OrangeA Clockwork Orange
  7. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1970s)
  8. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award: The Martian
  9. Read a book over 500 pages long: David Copperfield
  10. Read a book under 100 pages: The Time Machine
  11. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender: Middlesex
  12. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900: The Scarlet Letter
  13. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years: Sisters
  14. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie: A Walk in the Woods
  15. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol 1, 1884-1933
  16. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): The Canterbury Tales
  17. Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction):
    Between the World and Me
  18. Read a food memoir: Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
  19. Read a play: King Lear
  20. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: All Is Not Forgotten

Which ones didn’t I get to:

  • Read a book out loud to someone else
  • Read a book that is set in the Middle East
  • Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
  • Read the first book in a series by a person of color

The final challenge was the GoodReads annual reading challenge.  I set a goal of 130 books.  I read:

One thought on “2016 Reading Challenges- How Did I Do?

  1. I like this idea!! My goal was 80 and I read 86. I don’t really want to increase my goal because I found when I was heavy into Christmas quilting, I had no time to read. I want time to do other things like reach some quilting goals. So I might make my goal 75 or 80 but go back to the list I created in 2013 and read what I need to in order to be “well read.” I just found it and there’s lots on there. Thanks for reminding me!!

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