Book Challenge – The End

Reading Challenge: THE FINAL UPDATE!!!

Total Books Read in 2015: 48

Total List Items Completed (out of 50): 40

Favorite Adult title read in 2015: Tie! ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell & YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day

Favorite YA title read in 2015: I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson


Here’s the list, updated with the books I’ve read since the last update in bold:

1. A book with more than 500 pages – CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell 

2. A classic romance –

3. A book that became a movie – SCOTT PILGRIM’S PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE by Bryan O’Malley (The movie adapted all of the books, and I plan to read them all, but this one counts enough for now.)

4. A book published this year – ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

5. A book with a number in the title – STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

6. A book written by someone under 30 – HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh

7. A book with nonhuman characters – HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

8. A funny book – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

9. A book by a female author – BRIGHT COIN MOON by Kirsten Lopresti

10. A mystery or thriller – TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – sort of a ballet-inspired thriller, I think? I can’t tell. Seemed pretty thrilling to me!

11. A book with a one-word title – US by David Nicholls

12. A book of short stories – BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT by Charlotte Bennardo, C. Lee McKenzie, David Turnbull, Christine Norris, Jacqueline Horsfall, Medeia Sharif, Laura Lascarso, Tom Luke, Jessica Bayliss, Crystal Schubert, Holly Odell, Jennifer Moore, and Liam Hogan (YES, this is the anthology that I was published in, BUT I read all the other stories so this totally counts–they’re all great, btw. Although I might be a little bit biased.)

13. A book set in a different country – WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN by Kristin Rae

14. A nonfiction book – YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day. <3 <3 <3 <3

15. A popular author’s first book – I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME by Lisa Schroeder (at least, as far as I can tell this is her first novel)

16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell

17. A book a friend recommended – LIFE IN OUTER SPACE by Melissa Keil

18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book

19. A book based on a true story – THE ROYAL WE by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – RE-GIFTERS by Mike Carey, Marc Hempel, & Sonny Liew

21. A book your mom loves –

22. A book that scares you –

23. A book more than 100 years old – THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank

24. A book based entirely on its cover – USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt (though the cover did NOT seem to match the story…)

25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros (I actually was never assigned this book, but people in other classes were and I was always curious about it)

26. A memoir – YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler

27. A book you can finish in a day – POISONED APPLES: POEMS FOR YOU, MY PRETTY by Christine Heppermann

28. A book with antonyms in the title –

29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

30. A book that came out the year you were born –

31. A book with bad reviews – WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame (which was actually pretty good! I don’t know why it had such bad reviews…)

32. A trilogy

33. A book from your childhood – LETTERS FROM RIFKA by Karen Hesse (loved this book when I was in middle school, and I have to say, it was really interesting to read it again and realize that I remembered so much more than I thought.)

34. A book with a love triangle – THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jessi Kirby (OK, stretching this one since one of the triangle members isn’t living, but I think it counts…)

35. A book set in the future – MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera (I think so? Right?)

36. A book set in high school – SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen

37. A book with a color in the title – THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds

38. A book that made you cry – I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

39. A book with magic – EVERY DAY by David Levithan (kind of? right?)

40. A graphic novel – PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge

41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – RACING HEARTS by Laura Lascarso

42. A book you own but have never read – CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers

43. A book that takes place in your hometown – P.S. I LOVE YOU by Jenny Han (technically not my original hometown, but this is set in Richmond, VA which is where I currently live and also where I spent my college years, so… it totally counts)

44. A book that was originally written in a different language

45. A book set during Christmas – FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (anthology) by Ally Mathews, Andrea Stanet, Boyd Reynolds, Dax Varley, Jacqueline Horsfall,Jessica Bayliss, Judith Graves, Laura Pauling, Lea Storry, Medeia Sharif, Patrick Hueller, Richard Ankers, Ty Drago

46. A book written by an author with your same initials – WILD by Cheryl Strayed

47. A play

48. A banned book – SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers

49. A book based on or turned into a TV show – WHY NOT ME? by Mindy Kaling (This doesn’t really count, because it’s about her and not just The Mindy Project, but this is my list and I’m counting it.)

50. A book you started but never finished – FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund (WHYYYY did I stop reading this one?? It was fantastic!)

Books that I couldn’t even manage to force-fit into these categories, but I read anyway, because hey, reading is for fun and this list doesn’t own me:

DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier



EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway


DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy

GAMER GIRL by Mari Mancusi

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

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  1. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    I followed this list, too, and somehow I didn’t read a book with a love triangle this year. That’s one of my favorite tropes! A few categories I also stretched, like hometown. If I could drive there within a few hours, it counted! Happy reading in 2016 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Happy reading to you, too! I was surprised at some of the categories I couldn’t match up. I think I’m going to make up my own reading challenge this year. Maybe something with slightly wider parameters so I don’t feel like I’m cheating on my goals when I read books that don’t fit a category, haha…

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