Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pop Sugar Challenge Success!

When PopSugar posted their Ultimate Reading Challenge, it spread like wildfire on "The Internets." I love their categories. They are challenging in a fun way.

So - I went for it.

This challenge turned out to be both Challenging and Fun. I found myself reading quite a few books I wouldn't have read otherwise including a play and a classic romance. It was fun trying to find books that could be counted across several challenges, and also figuring out how to assign books to the different categories. Some of them spent time in 3 or 4 categories over the course of the year as I tried to find enjoyable titles in each one.

Overall, I'm SUPER THRILLED to have completed this challenge!

My Progress
* A book with more than 500 pages - Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (2.25.2015)
* A classic romance - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (12.21.2015)
* A book that became a movie - The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (2.5.2015) My Review
* A book published this year - The Inquisitor's Mark by Dianne K. Salerni (1.1.2015) My Review
* A book with a number in the title - Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (2.5.2015)
* A book written by someone under 30 - Zac and the Dream Stealers by Ross MacKenzie (1.29.2015)
* A book with nonhuman characters - Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull (1.11.2015)
* A funny book - Smek for President by Adam Rex (1.15.2015) My Review
* A book by a female author - The Menagerie by Tui Sutherland (4.19.2015)
* A mystery or thriller - Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (3.21.2015)
* A book with a one-word title - Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (1.7.2015)
* A book of short stories - To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix (6.20.2015)
* A book set in a different country - Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai (5.6.2015)
* A nonfiction book - The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (1.10.2015)
* A popular author's first book - Stiff by Mary Roach (2.22.2015)
* A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet - Beneath by Roland Smith (3.20.2015)
* A book a friend recommended - The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell (2.16.2015)
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book - Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey (11.29.2015)
* A book based on a true story - El Deafo by CeCe Bell (1.20.2015)
* A book at the bottom of your to-read list - Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (7.8.2015) 
* A book your mom loves - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (9.12.2015)
* A book that scares you - The Diviners by Libba Bray (3.1.2015)
* A book more than 100 years old - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (10.9.2015)
* A book based entirely on its cover - Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani (5.9.2015)
* A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn't - Watership Down by Richard Adams (8.11.2015)
* A memoir - My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen (1.11.2015)
* A book you can finish in a day - The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan (1.21.2015)
* A book with antonyms in the title - Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (3.26.2015) My Review
* A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit - Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel (6.26.2015)
* A book that came out the year you were born - Westmark by Lloyd Alexander (9.29.2015)
* A book with bad reviews - Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang (9.11.2015)
* A trilogy - #1: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (4.9.2015), #2: King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (5.18.2015), #3: Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (6.30.2015)
* A book from your childhood - Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (11.13.2015)
* A book with a love triangle - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (7.5.2015)
* A book set in the future - Fairest by Marissa Meyer (2.1.2015)
* A book set in high school - Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (5.24.2015)
* A book with a color in the title - Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (1.19.2015)
* A book that made you cry - One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullally Hunt (3.1.2015)
* A book with magic - Searching for Super by Marion Jensen (3.15.2015)
* A graphic novel - Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (4.11.2015)
* A book by an author you've never read before - H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden (1.4.2015) My Review
* A book you own, but have never read - Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed (2.19.2015)
* A book that takes place in your hometown - Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (5.31.2015) My Review
* A book that was originally written in a different language - Jane, The Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt (11.27.2015)
* A book set during Christmas - The Flying Classroom by Erich Kastner (2.9.2015) My Review
* A book written by an author with your same initials - Radiance by Alyson Noel (11.24.2015)
* A play - You Can't Take it With You by Moss Hart (12.24.2015)
* A banned book - The Giver by Lois Lowry (6.12.15)
* A book based on or turned into a TV show - The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (3.25.2015) My Review
* A book you started, but never finished One Dead Spy by Nathaniel Hale (7.1.2015)

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