Wednesday, 18 February 2015

2015: Challenges and Lists

Last year, I did the GoodReads challenge.  Essentially, you pick an arbitrary number of books to read in a year and any type of book counts towards it.  I chose 20 books and met my target. I found it enjoyable because it encouraged me to read more than what I normally do. Some semi-interesting facts from my challenge last year:

Δ Longest book read: The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton at 848 pages
Δ Total pages read: 7014
Δ Oldest book: The Venetian Years - Giacomo Casanova 1789

Because I enjoyed the challenge, this year I am aiming to read at least 36 books in 2015, which works out at 2 books a month.  This year I will also be keeping an eye on the total pages read.

Other challenges I am doing:
The Classics Club
Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge
LGBT Reading Challenge

The List:


January (4)

1. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 17/1/15
2. Heart of a Dog - Mikhail Bulgakov 18/1/15
3. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut 20/1/15
4. Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals - John J. Callanan 27/1/15

February (4)

5. 10% Happier - Dan Harris 1/2/15
6. The Easter Parade - Richard Yates 8/2/15
7. Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham 18/2/15 (Review)
8. A History of Loneliness - John Boyne 21/2/15 (Review)

March (3)

9. Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters 4/3/15 (Review)
10. To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf 16/3/15 (Review)
11. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro 21/3/15 (Review)

April (6)

12. Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig 2/4/15 (Review)
13. Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence 5/4/15 (Review)
14. The Sign of Four - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 6/4/15 (Review)
15. Maurice - E.M. Forster 14/4/15 (Review)
16. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 21/4/15 (Review)
17. Mort - Terry Pratchett 27/4/15

May (8)

18. The Good Luck of Right Now - Matthew Quick 4/5/15 (Review)
19. Mercury and Me - Jim Hutton 8/5/15 (Review)
20. Freelance Proofreading and Copy Editing: A Guide - Trevor Horwood 09/5/15
21. It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini 12/5/15 (Review)
22. Man and Superman - George Bernard Shaw 16/5/15
23. Mañana - William Hjortsberg 23/5/15 (Review)
24. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris 25/5/15
25. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl 29/5/15

June (4)

26. The Screwtape Letters - C. S. Lewis 4/6/15
27. On Writing: A Memoir - Stephen King 19/6/15
28. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro 21/6/15 (Review)
29. The Bell - Iris Murdoch 25/6/15

July (4)

30. Between Gods - Alison Pick 2/7/15
31. Nora Webster - Colm Tóibín 6/7/15
32. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson 17/7/15
33. Gut, the inside story of our body's most underrated organ - Giulia Enders 29/7/15

August (6)

34. Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín 6/8/15
35. The Novel Cure -  Berthoud & Elderkin 13/8/15 (Review)
36. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan 16/8/15
37. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield 20/8/15
38. A Beautfiul Mind (John Nash) - Sylvia Nasar 29/8/15
39. The Art of War - Sun Tzu 30/8/15

September (4)

40.  De Profundis - Oscar Wilde 4/9/15
41. Studying Fiction - Roy Johnson 14/9/15
42. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming 21/9/15
43. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates 24/9/15 (Review)


October (6)

44. The Drinker - Hans Fallada 3/10/15
45. Antigone - Sophocles 4/10/15
46. The Loney - Andrew Mitchel Hurley 19/10/15
47. Greek Tragedy - Elizabeth Vandiver 21/10/15
48. How to Write Better Essays - Bryan Greetham 21/10/15
49. Antigone - Jean Anouilh 28/10/15

November (4)

50. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami 6/11/15
51. The Handbook to Literary Research - Delia da Sousa Correa 8/11/15
52. American Pastoral - Philip Roth 20/11/15
53. Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett 24/11/15

December (8)

54. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys 3/12/15
55. The Theatre of Jean Anouilh - H.G. McIntyre 7/12/15
56. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 8/12/15
57. Writing Essays - Richard Marggraf Turley 9/12/15
58. How to Read a Book - Adler & Van Doren 19/12/15
59. Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett 20/12/15
60. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari 20/12/15
61. Life & Fate - Vasily Grossman 25/12/15


2 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I found your blog! This list looks very interesting. I haven't read many of these books but will consider reading some of them. What are your favourite genres? I like historical fiction, romance, fiction, magical realism a lot. xxx

    Assia | www.assiashahin.com

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    1. Aww thanks that's very kind of you! Thank you, I find most of my recommendations online so before that it was very boring. I used to just read the same kind of books but my blog has really broadened by horizons so to speak which is great. Hmmm I do love a good classic, I went through a Russian phase in my teens, but I don't really have a specific genre. I read a bit of fantasy, sci-fi, historial, crime, thriller all sorts really... for me it depends on the characters. I really love the inner dialogue and a flawed/complex psychology. I don't like stories that are predictable either too. Sometimes I think the book choses me than the other way around!! :) xxx

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