2015 Reading Challenge - May Update

Just a little update on my 2015 Reading Challenge.  I'm really enjoying the challenge of reading from these categories.  Of course I've been avoiding some of the bigger challenges, but I do have a few fun options lined up for a couple summer reads.

#9 - A book published this year
The Rosie Effect

#10 - A book written by someone under 30
The Opposite of Loneliness

#11 - A book set in a different country
Dispatches From the Edge

#12 - A graphic novel
This One Summer

#13 - Non-fiction
Shaking the Family Tree

#14 - A book that became a movie
Still Alice

#15 - A book set in high school
The Duff

#16 - A book written by an author with you same initials
The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons

#17 - A book with antonyms in the title
Big Little Lies

#18 - A book that takes place in your hometown
Oggie Cooder (kids book that takes place in my current city)
Scoop (memoir set in my state)

I know it's a little late in the year, but if you're interested in taking on the challenge, you can download the list of categories here).

2015 Reading Challenge

Last week I bumped into the 2015 Reading Challenge and I was drawn in immediately.  I've been reading a lot lately (and listening to lots of books during my huge amount of time in the car), but I'm often struggling a bit to find the next book I want to read.  So, I thought I would take on the challenge and hopefully it will help me break out a little bit and read some new things.  I'm hoping the Challenge will actually challenge me a bit in my reading.

I have no idea if I will actually finish the challenge this year, but if I were to have a chance I needed to go back and retroactively put some of my 2015 reads into the categories I could (you can download the list of categories here).

#1 - A funny book
The Rosie Project

#2 - A book by a female author
My Beloved World

#3 - A book with a one-word title

#4 - A memoir
There Was A Little Girl

#5 - A book you can finish in a day
About Alice

#6 - A book with a color in the title
Brown Girl Dreaming

#7 - A book by an author you've never read before
Pale Girl Speaks

Back to present time, I will finish the book above today.  My to-read list is not ordered in any way, but this one had been on it for some time, so I think it counts.

#8 - A book at the bottom of your reading list
The Mothers

I'm excited to take on the challenge...although a couple categories scare me (a lot).  I'm sure I'll be asking for recommendations as the year goes on.  The ones I'm most concerned about are the classic romance and the trilogy.  Neither are my thing, but I guess the comfort zone will be tested.

Reading List Summary, December 2014

Mom's List
Food: A Love Story (Jim Gaffigan)

Jack's List
Chasing Vermeer (Blue Balliett)
World Without Fish (Mark Kurlansky)
Never Say Genius (Dan Gutman)
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Revenge (Bob Pflugfelder)

EJ's List
Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries (David A. Adler)
The Princess in Black (Shannon Hale)
A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March (Elizabeth Cody Kimmel)
The Hula-Hoopin' Queen (Thelma Lynne Godin)
Check, Please! (AJ Stern)
Thanksgiving Thief (Carolyn Keene)
Shelter Pet Squad: Jellybean (Cynthia Lord)
Horse Escape Artist (Ashlee Brown Blewett)
Parrot Genius! (Moira Rose Donohue)
Full STEAM Ahead! (Paul A. Reynolds)

Olivia's List
Cutest Animals Collection (National Geographic Kids)
Here Comes Santa Cat (Deborah Underwood)
From Wax to Crayon (Robin Nelson)
From Sheep to Sweater (Robin Nelson)
From Tree to Paper (Pam Marshall)
From Milk to Ice Cream (Stacy Taus-Bolstad)
It Could Still Be Endangered (Allan Fowler)
African Animals (Ann O. Squire)
Beavers (Margaret Hall)
Puffins (Ann O. Squire)
Full STEAM Ahead! (Paul A. Reynolds)

Read-aloud List
The World According to Humphrey (Betty G. Birney)
Friendship According to Humphrey (Betty G. Birney)