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message 1: by Beth (last edited Dec 11, 2016 08:34AM) (new)

Beth | 127 comments I have a list with at least one backup for every category, so I'm sure this will change a bit. And who knows what I'll find in 2016! I don't know if I'll be able to finish them all, but that's OK. I'm looking forward to getting started in the new year!


[ ] 1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't:

[ ] 2. A book set in a different continent:
Half of a Yellow Sun (Africa)
Under the Udala Trees (Africa)

[√] 3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated):
You're Never Weird on the Internet

[√] 4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015:
Octavia E. Butler

[√] 5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name:
Between the World and Me

[√] 6. The highest rated on your TBR:
The Name of the Wind

[ ] 7. A book about books:
The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia

[√] 8. A classic book with less than 200 pages:

[ ] 9. A book that was mentioned in another book:
Jane Eyre (mentioned in The Cider House Rules)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (mentioned in Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More)

[ ] 10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now:
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

[ ] 11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge:
The Namesake

[√] 12. A childhood classic:
The Velveteen Rabbit

[√] 13. Reader’s Choice:
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

[√] 14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How):
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

[ ] 15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago):
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

[√] 16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels:
Crocodile on the Sandbank

[ ] 17. A book with a beautiful cover:
When the Moon is Low
When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi

[√] 18. A book on a summer/beach reading list:

[ ] 19. A non-fiction book:
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

[ ] 20. A book with a first name in the title:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

[ ] 21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page:
Skinny Legs and All

[ ] 22. The first book in a new to you series:

[√] 23. The next book in a series you are reading:
The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle 2)

[√] 24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5)

[√] 25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you:
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice & Feminist Bad-Ass)

[ ] 26. A book everyone is talking about:

[√] 27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion):
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

[√] 28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir:
Men We Reaped

[√] 29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name:
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

[√] 30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own:
The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales

[√] 31. A work of young adult fiction:
Two Boys Kissing

[ ] 32. A historical fiction book:
Wolf Hall

[ ] 33. The 16th book on your TBR:
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't

[√] 34. A book about mental illness:
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

[√] 35. An award winning book:
The Sympathizer
(Pulitzer Prize)

[√] 36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation:
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

[√] 37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read:
The Martian

[ ] 38. A book about an antihero:
Fight Club
The Stranger

[ ] 39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list:
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (A book about a taboo subject)

[√] 40. A novella from your favorite genre:
The Metamorphosis (Horror)

[√] 41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction):
March: Book One and March: Book Two (The American Civil Rights Movement)

[√] 42. A top 100 fantasy novel:

[ ] 43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night:
The Halloween Tree

[ ] 44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public:
[√] 44. A historical biography:
Alexander Hamilton

[ ] 45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have:
Most likely something about beer/brewing, cooking, baking, travel, or knitting

[√] 46. A crime story:

[ ] 47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

[√] 48. A dystopia:
Never Let Me Go

[√] 49. A book with a great opening line:
The Graveyard Book
("There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.")

[ ] 50. A book originally written in a language other than English:
Authorized King James Version Holy Bible

[√] 51. A short story from a well-known author:
The Dead

[√] 52. A book published in 2016:
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

message 2: by Francesca (new)

Francesca | 786 comments I like your book for the Taboo subject, it looks very interesting and seems even more relevant due to the recent tragic event at Planned Parenthood and the disturbing fact that there are people actually cheering for the murderer and condoning what he did.

message 3: by Beth (new)

Beth | 127 comments Thanks, Francesca! It's a book I've been meaning to read for a while, and now seems a good time to do it, especially in light of recent events.

message 4: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments Welcome :)

I'm curious about Nexus. It's not the 1st time I cross its path, but for the moment it's not enough appealing to end in my TBR. It will be interesting to see your opinion about it.
Furiously Happy is on my challenge and I'll try to push myself to read The Martian.

message 5: by Beth (new)

Beth | 127 comments A friend recommended Nexus to me, so I thought I would give it a try. It helps that it is free to borrow on Amazon Prime! My son loved The Martian and I really enjoyed the movie, so I'm looking forward to it.

I'm so excited to start my new reading year, I'm having a hard time focusing on the books I need to read to finish out 2015! ;)

message 6: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments Haha, it's why I started my plan when I had only 2 books left for the popsugar challenge! The more I look in new books, the more I want to read them and not the 6 I'm currently reading!

message 7: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 476 comments I really liked The Martian. It was funny and exciting at the same time.

message 8: by Camilla (new)

Camilla The Martian was one of the few 5-star reads for me this year, so I can really recommend it. I don't want to see the movie though, for some reason I just don't like Matt Damon.

I will be reading Animal Farm for the same week as you, I just received it from the library as an audiobook, so will probably listen to it already in January.

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