While I didn’t quite complete all of the challenge reads for Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2015, for my first attempt at a reading challenge, I don’t think I did too badly. With only a few weeks to go, I thought I was going to miss out on six categories, but then, completely coincidentally, two of my final books of the year ended up fulfilling two of the challenges – I love it when a plan comes together.
While I like the idea of a reading challenge, particularly for people who are trying to introduce a bit more diversity into their reading, I’m not convinced that they are for me. When I look at the list of the books I read for this challenge, there aren’t many (if any) that I read purely because of the challenge. Most of these were on my TBR pile anyway. I also started to feel a bit resentful for having my reading dictated to me – which I realise is absurd seeing as the only person dictating to me was me – but I think my TBR pile is such that I am much more interested in seeing that dwindle, rather than making sure I read certain categories of books.
The fact that most of these books were already in my TBR pile (if not physically, then at least on my TBR radar) tells me that my reading tastes are pretty diverse, so realising that is a definite positive to come out of this experience.
When I emerge fully from my holiday food coma, I’ll do a proper post about my goals for 2016, but for now all I’ll say is that there aren’t any more reading challenges on the immediate horizon.
How did you guys go with your 2015 reading?
- Retelling: Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth
- Guilty Pleasure: Someday, Someday Maybe – Lauren Graham
- Audiobook: On the Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
- Romance: The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
- Graphic Novel/Comic: Ms Marvel – G. Willow Wilson
- African Author: We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
- Author over 65: Lila – Marilynne Robinson
- Translated: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
- Recommended: The Wife Drought – Annabel Crabb
- Opposite Gender: The Princess Bride – William Goldman
- Self-improvement: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work – Alain de Botton
- Indie Press: The Strays – Emily Bitto
- Published in 2015: Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
- Sci-fi: Pattern Recognition – William Gibson
- Award Winner: The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
- Indigenous: The Swan Book – Alexis Wright
- Short Stories: The Boat – Nam Le
- Set in Asia (at least partly): The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
- YA: Laurinda – Alice Pung
- Author under 25: My Forbidden Face – Latifa