2015 is here and the first week of January is already over. Why is time in such a hurry?
This year, one of my new year resolutions is to expand my horizons and get out of my comfort zone. In every way possible that I can. I remain resolute to saying YES to life’s various experiences and not limit myself in anyway possible. After all, this is my year. I can already feel it.
One of the challenges that I have undertaken upon myself is to read a variety of books that I wouldn’t ordinarily read. I am not proud to admit that I have been reading all the wrong kinds of books all these years. They have been safe, comforting, repetitive and not very imaginative. I haven’t even read the unabridged versions of so many classics that I love. But there you have it, I have even set a boundary for myself in terms of my imagination and where it can take me. Not what the doctor ordered at all.
So trashy books, step aside. Here is the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge that will hopefully empower me with more meaning in my life.
I haven’t decided on all the books that I will read from this challenge and will definitely want recommendations from anyone who can help me decide. However, so far I have come up with the following:
3. A book that became a movie – I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith. I have already seen the movie adaptation before and you can find my review of the film here.
4. A book published this year. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
5. A book with a number in its title – Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
6. A book written by someone under 30. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (This book is in my list despite the fact that it is ghostwritten by someone else.)
7. A book with nonhuman characters. Watership Down by Richard Adams
11. A book with a one-word title – Dracula by Bram Stoker
13. A book set in a different country.
16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K.Rowling)
17. A book a friend recommended –
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.James (NOT looking forward to this one but Nicole this one’s for you! 🙂 )
18. A Pulitzer Prize-Winning book – The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean Stafford
19. A book based on a true story. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list. There’s a Hippie on the Highway by James Hadley Chase
21. A book your mom loves. Since my mom doesn’t read books in English, I’m going to take up a book that my dad loves which is The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.
22. A book that scares you.
23. A book more than 100 years old – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
24. A book based entirely on its cover.
My Nine Lives by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Poor Little Rich Slum by Rashmi Bansal and Deepak Gandhi
25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
28. A book with antonyms in the title – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – The Aspern Papers by Henry James
30. A book that came out the year you were born – The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (1985)
31. A book with bad reviews.
36. A book set in high school. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
38. A book that made you cry.
39. A book with magic. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis
40. A graphic novel. Blankets by Craig Thompson
43. A book that takes place in your hometown. I have been looking high and low for a book that is set in my hometown or broadly even in my state but alas, without success! So for this category, I decided to select a book set in my country (haha!). Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh
45. A book set during Christmas.
46. A book written by an author with your same initials. Surrogate by Tim Adler
48. A banned book. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
49. A book based on or turned into a TV show – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
50. A book you started but never finished. Goals! by Brian Tracy
The books I’ve mentioned in the list above are all I have never ever read before. I have been reading books in no particular order from this list. So far I have finished two of them and now onto my third. I’ll be posting reviews to keep up with the exciting challenge. 52 books (the two additional ones are part of the trilogy!) in 365 days. Let’s do this!
Update: Any titles that have been stricken through are books I no longer wish to include in my challenge. Replacement titles will be added.