Ultimate Reading Challenge: Mission Accomplished

BookReading

I finally did it! I finished my Ultimate Reading Challenge. I actually was done quite a while ago, but I was waiting for the right time to read my book set during Christmas. And I got to indulge in one of my Christmas fantasies – the family curled up around the fire and reading this book to each other. And I got to do it while in Chamonix, looking up at Mont Blanc. So pretty much I’m in Christmas heaven right now.

The best Christmas book you could possibly read is Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It is so sweet, and my family has been reading it for years. It’s a kids book, so not long, but we often break it up and read one chapter a night, so it takes a week (of ten minutes of reading a night). This year the kiddies were already tucked into bed, but I’m hoping that by next year X at least might be able to enjoy it. It is about the spirit of Christmas, and cute kids and being kind. Totally recommended.

So that ends my reading challenge. I think I won’t do it again, at least not for a few years. I found it restricted what I wanted to read. But I read fairly broadly, touching on a lot of different genres. But if you were looking for a way to branch out your reading, then this is a really good idea. There are 52 books total, so in order to be able to finish, you would have to be reading at one book a week. I’m sure there are other reading challenges out there as well – something to look into. Here’s my reading list from this challenge – check it out if you’re interested. How many of these books have you read?

A book with more than 500 pages: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY, BY MICHAEL CHABON

A classic romance: ISOLDE, QUEEN OF THE WESTERN ISLE, BY ROSALIND MILES

A book that became a movie: THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, BY JOHN UPDIKE

A book published this year: MODERN ROMANCE, BY AZIZ ANSARI

A book with a number in the title: 11/22/63, BY STEPHEN KING

A book written by someone under 30: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS, BY MARISHA PESSL

A book with nonhuman characters: THE WATERPROOF BIBLE, BY ANDREW KAUFMAN

A funny book: WHY NOT ME? BY MINDY KALING

A book by a female author: I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, BY JANDY NELSON

A mystery or thriller: CUCKOO’S CALLING, BY ROBERT GALBRAITH

A book with a one-word title: SWAMPLANDIA!, BY KAREN RUSSELL

A book of short stories: MORE GOOD OLD THINGS, BY JOHN D. MACDONALD

A book set in a different country: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, BY MARY ANN SHAFFER

A nonfiction book: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SIX: THE SPY RING THAT SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, BY BRIAN KILMEADE

A popular author’s first book: THE SECRET HISTORY, BY DONNA TARTT

A book from an author you haven’t read yet: THE ART OF FIELDING, BY CHAD HARBACH

A book a friend recommended: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, BY ANTHONY DOERR

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: THE BRIEF AND WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, BY JUNOT DIAZ

A book based on a true story: UNBROKEN, BY LAURA HILDENBURG

A book at the bottom of your to-read list: THE MARRIAGE PLOT, BY JEFF EUGENIDES

A book your mom loves: HE’S GONE, BY DEB CALETTI

A book that scares you: WE WERE LIARS, BY E. LOCKHART

A book more than 100 years old: FRANKENSTEIN, BY MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY

A book based entirely on its cover: THE LEFTOVERS, BY TOM PERROTTA

A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t: THE SOUND AND THE FURY, BY WILLIAM FAULKNER

A memoir: THE TENDER BAR, BY J. R. MOERINGER

A book you can finish in a day: A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, BY KHALED HOSSEINI

A book with antonyms in the title: UNHOLY MAGIC, BY STACIA KANE

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: THE HISTORIAN, BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA

A book that came out the year you were born: THE COLOR PURPLE, BY ALICE WALKER

A book with bad reviews: FALLEN, BY LAUREN KATE

A trilogy: FABLEHAVEN, BY BRANDON MULL

A book from your childhood: A WRINKLE IN TIME, BY MADELEINE L’ENGLE

A book with a love triangle: THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET, BY KADY CROSS

A book set in the future: THE DOG STARS, BY PETER HELLER

A book set in high school: THE LYING GAME, BY SARA SHEPARD

A book with a colour in the title: GOLD, BY CHRIS CLEAVE

A book that made you cry: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, BY M.L. STEDMAN

A book with magic: WICKED LOVELY, BY MELISSA MARR

A graphic novel: NIMONA, BY NOELLE STEVENSON

A book by an author you’ve never read before: ASHFALL, BY MIKE MULLEN

A book you own but have never read: GALILEO’S DAUGHTER, BY DAVA SOBEL

A book that takes place in your hometown: NOT COUNTING YOU, BY MELINDA OLLIVER

A book that was originally written in a different language: THE CLUB DUMAS, BY ARTURO PEREZ-REVERTE

A book set during Christmas: THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, BY BARBARA ROBINSON

A book written by an author with your same initials: THE DIVINERS, BY LIBBY BRAY

A play: JULIUS CAESAR, BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

A banned book: SOPHIE’S CHOICE, BY WILLIAM STYRON

A book based on or turned into a TV show: WOLF HALL, BY HILARY MANTEL

A book you started but never finished: A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS, BY DAVE EGGERS

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