28 DOWN | POPSUGAR 2015 reading challenge

2015 Reading challenge

Wayyy back when I posted about my New Year resolutions for 2015 (It’s a good thing I just went back to review this because I have a lot of goals I haven’t met yet. Seriously why do people feel so motivated Jan. 1 as compared to Sept. 1?? I digress…) I said I wanted to complete the POPSUGAR reading challenge!

Basically the challenge is that you must read 50 books in one year, each related to a certain topic or with certain qualities (ex: book that became a movie or a book with magic).

I have to admit that around Jan. 14 I totally forgot to keep track of the different books I’ve read… #fail.

So this morning (over a few large cups of coffee) I racked my brain to try and remember all the good, bad, and ugly books I’ve read over the last 8 months and see which ones count as a point towards the 50 book reading challenge (technically 52 since one of the items is a trilogy)!

*Note, any books that follow in hot pink I strongly recommend you read :)

  1. A book with more than 500 pagesThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. A classic romance:
  3. A book that became a movie: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  4. A book published this year: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  5. A book with a number in the title: 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  6. A book written by someone under 30:
  7. A book with nonhuman characters:
  8. A funny book: Nice Is Just a Place in France by The Betches (it is a “funny” book, but I hated it)
  9. A book by a female author: The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
  10. A mystery or thriller: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  11. A book with a one-word title: Misbehaving by Richard Thaler
  12. A book of short stories: The Shell Collector: Stories by Anthony Doerr
  13. A book set in a different countryThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  14. A nonfiction book: Creative Confidence by David M. Kelley and Tom Kelley
  15. A popular author’s first book: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet:
  17. A book a friend recommended:
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book:
  19. A book based on a true story:
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list:
  21. A book your mom loves:
  22. A book that scares you: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  23. A book more than 100 years old:
  24. A book based entirely on its cover: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t:
  26. A memoir: Now I See You: A Memoir by Nicole C. Kear
  27. A book you can finish in a day: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  28. A book with antonyms in the title: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  30. A book that came out the year you were born:
  31. A book with bad reviews: The Knockoff by Jo Plazza and Lucy Sykes
  32. A trilogy:
  33. A book from your childhood:
  34. A book with a love triangle:
  35. A book set in the future: The Circle by Dave Eggers
  36. A book set in high school: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  37. A book with a color in the title:
  38. A book that made you cry:
  39. A book with magic: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  40. A graphic novel:
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
  42. A book you own but have never read: Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown:  Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language: The Dinner by Herman Koch
  45. A book set during Christmas:
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials:
  47. A play:
  48. A banned book:
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  50. A book you started but never finished: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

So what does this all mean? I’m still 22 books from finishing this challenge… I need to kick it into high gear!

The books I know I’ll struggle to find/ read are #38 (I’m not a crier), #46 (Literally can’t find an author of a book I would want to read with initials A.B.) and #32 (Anyone have a good trilogy recommendation?)

I’m in dire need of 22 (technically 24) book recommendations ASAP! I beg of you to help!

Did you do the POPSUGAR reading challenge too? How far along are you? And what on EARTH did you read to cross #47 off your list?

38 thoughts on “28 DOWN | POPSUGAR 2015 reading challenge

  1. calypte September 9, 2015 / 11:34 am

    for #38, have you read The Time Traveler’s Wife? Or, Flowers For Algernon – about the only two that have made me cry!

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Maybe I should give The Time Traveler’s Wife a try! I’ve heard great things :) Besides just the crying part haha

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  2. MyTinyObsessions September 9, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    eheh, I just did my update this morning… :D

    look, if you can’t find an author with AB initials, try BA (like Becky Albertalli), I’m sure you’ll be able to find some. I was desperate for months to find one, when all the while Cecelia Ahern was sitting in front of my eyes ;)

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Haha my update has been sitting as a draft for 3 months! It’s sad that it has actually taken me this long to post it! Great minds think alike :) Great idea about switching the initials around! I’m frantically searching google now haha

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      • MyTinyObsessions September 9, 2015 / 12:21 pm

        lol, you could always combine any of your initials, you’re bound to find something ;)

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      • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 12:35 pm

        Ahhhh that throws an “N” into the equation! Now we are getting somewhere!


    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      Same! It’s one of the first books I recommend when someone asks!


  3. Caitlyn Rhodes September 9, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    If you like middle grade books, “Wonder” made me cry. “Saga” is a great graphic novel (definitely rated R in terms of graphics…but interesting story). “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is a really great trilogy, PLUS it has non human characters…so that’s a two-in-one deal! ;)

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      A two-fer?? I’m in! Thank you for the great recommendations :)


  4. beccadorr September 9, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    That’s an awesome challenge and you’ve done so well! I’ll second the Time Traveler’s Wife :)

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Two recommendations in one day for The Time Traveler’s Wife??? That officially has been bumped to the top of my reading list!


    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Oh boy! The “U” will be tough! And Shakespeare is probably who I will turn to for the play :)

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      • What's She Reading? September 9, 2015 / 10:42 pm

        That is EXACTLY the problem! My pre-marriage initials are A.W. So maybe I’ll have to do that instead haha.

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      • Amanda Brooks September 10, 2015 / 6:54 am

        That’s easy! Have you read The Martian by Andy Weir??? It was AMAZING!

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  5. Nena September 9, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    This challenge sounds fun, but tough. Kudos to you for making it more than half way through! Finding an author with my initials will be a really tough one lol (My initials are Y.A.L.) The Y makes it so tricky:p

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Ahh! Y is a hard initial! Cristina from MyTinyObsessions recommended scrambling the initials around! No one said the Y had to be for the first name, maybe it could be the last name of an author :)

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      • Nena September 9, 2015 / 10:44 pm

        Yes I thought of that, too. But seems like a toughy still. Last names with a Y are not very common either:p

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  6. Carly (@carlyblogshere) September 9, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    I totally printed that challenge out and have it hanging on my bulletin board, but haven’t really looked at it since then… haha. And do you not have Good Reads?! That’s the only way I can keep track of what I’ve read / when I read it. I was going to say Me Before You for the crying one– that book made me cry soooo much- but I saw you already used it for another category.

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      I do use Goodreads, but sadly there are a number of books I will randomly read or listen too and I completely forget to add them on it! I really need to be better about documenting all books! So between updating my Popsugar list and Goodreads account more often, I have a lot on my list to do! haha


  7. Ida September 9, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Love this challenge! For #38 – two books that I found to be emotional reads were The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and A Man Called Ove. The Storied Life is a pretty easy and quick read, while I found A Man Called Ove was a little harder to get into but turned out to be such a great book. Good luck with the list!

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      I’m looking them up now! Both sound perfect for #38 :) Thanks for the recommendations!

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  8. Linda September 9, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    This is a great challenge…I definitely would love to read 50 books a year but barely find the time to finish one a month! But still I may give this a try next year. Good luck finishing your list! :)

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    • Amanda Brooks September 10, 2015 / 6:55 am

      Thank you! 50 books can seem like a bit of a daunting task, I know. You can cheat a bit and have a book count as a few of the different items (ex: a classic romance and a play) and then you would be reading much less, but still get the fun of trying new types of books!

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      • Linda September 10, 2015 / 6:58 am

        I agree! I may try and start the challenge sooner than next year 😀😄😀

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