On January 1st I began a frenzied reading challenge!  Within a month, I had lost interest and started reading whatever I wanted.  Looking back on the list now, it appears I completed 85% of the challenge anyway.  Here is what I read!

  1. A book based on a fairy tale- The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
  2. A National Book Award winner- The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  3. A YA bestseller- Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
  4. A book you haven’t read since high school- I re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but I have read that MANY times since high school…
  5. A book set in your home state- Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon (for a second?)
  6. A book translated into English- The Dinner, Herman Koch
  7. A romance set in the future- …
  8. A book set in Europe- Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth
  9. A book that is under 150 pages- Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  10. A New York Times bestseller- Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  11. A book becoming a movie this year- A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met- When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi (does it count that I met Ann Patchett after she recommended it to me… and by me I actually mean the internet people reading her blog?)
  13. A self-improvement book- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
  14. A book you can finish in a day- My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
  15. A book written by a celebrity- Where Am I Now?, Mara Wilson
  16. A political memoir- The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you- …
  18. A book that’s more than 600 pages- Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
  19. A book from Oprah’s book club- As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  20. A science-fiction novel- …
  21. A book recommended by a family member- Before the Fall, Noah Hawley
  22. A graphic novel- Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Roz Chast
  23. A book published in 2016- The Mothers, Brit Bennett
  24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation- Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
  25. A book that takes place during summer- Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett
  26. A book and its prequel- March, John Lewis
  27. A murder mystery- The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware
  28. A book written by a comedian- …
  29. A dystopian novel- Underground Airlines, Ben Winters
  30. A book with a blue cover- The Residence, Kate Andersen Brower
  31. A book of poetry- Upstream, Mary Oliver
  32. The first book you see in a bookstore- Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  33. A classic from the 20th century- Black Boy, Richard Wright
  34. A book from the library- Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
  35. An autobiography- Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
  36. A book about a road trip- Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawk
  37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with- Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  38. A satirical book- …
  39. A book that takes place on an island- The All of It, Jeannette Haien
  40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy- Penguins with People Problems, Mary Laura Phillpott

Coming soon… my favorite books of 2016!!!