2015 Reading Challenges

Slightly late, but I did warn you there’d be a rush of end-of-year posts.

A lot of bloggers I know are opting out of challenges this year to avoid the pressure and so they can keep reading what they want, which is fair enough. I, however, love challenges.

It helps that I pretty much pay them no attention whatsoever, I suppose. I mean, I’m obsessive about checking off a completed book against my challenge list and I love the happy feeling when I’ve finished one… but I don’t care in the slightest if I don’t complete the challenge.

Some influence my reading, like non-fiction and TBR challenges, so I like signing up for those that are going to benefit me. Others, like the A-Z challenge… who cares? They’re just for fun and I’m going to sign up for as many as I deem fit πŸ™‚


This is my favourite challenge and I do it every year. It’s genuinely ingrained into my reading habits that I consider whether every book was bought pre or post January.

The idea is to read books purchased/obtained before January 1st 2015, as a method of decreasing our looming TBR piles.

I’m going for Mount Ararat, which means I need to read 48 books.

1) The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
2) Fables: Volume 1 by Bill Willingham
3) The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
4) The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 
5) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 
6) The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs 
7) The Three by Sarah Lotz 
8) The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
9) My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 
10) War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
11) Cinder by Marissa Meyer 
12) Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 
13) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 
14) Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
15) Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie 
16) City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
17) Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Food Critic by Ruth Reichl
18) The Mermaid’s Madness by Jim C. Hines
19) Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
by Lori Duron  
20) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 
21) The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie 
22) The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Geoffrey Chaucer and Peter Ackroyd 
23) Moby Dick by Herman Melville 
24) The Clocks by Agatha Christie 
25) Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson 

I have read 25 of 48 books so far.

Another useful challenge and the only one I managed to complete last year! 

This challenge involves rereading, something I’m not very good at when I have 300 unread books staring at me. I reread twelve books last year, so this year I’m aiming for the same, which is the Trip Down Memory Lane level.

1) Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold! by Terry Brooks
2) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 
3) The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
4) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 
5) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
6) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams 
7) The Prestige by Christopher Priest 

I have read 7 of 12 books so far.  

Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader

This is a new-to-me challenge that I’m really excited about. It’s really simple and the only objective is to read more non-fiction. This shouldn’t be too hard as I’ve obtained a lot of interesting-looking factual books lately, so I’m going to aim for the Seeker level, which is 11-15 books. Let’s call it 12.

1) The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs 
2) My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
3) The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller 
4) Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
5) Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik 
6) Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Food Critic by Ruth Reichl 
7) Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
by Lori Duron  

I have read 7 of 12 books so far.

alphabet 2015 
This is fairly self-explanatory. Read a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet. I’ve participated in a similar challenge before and managed to complete every letter but X, Y and Z, so maybe I’ll tackle those early this year.
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Bone Season, The by Samantha Shannon
Cross Stitch (Outlander series #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Double, The by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fables: Volume 1 by Bill Willingham
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Haunting of Hill House, The by Shirley Jackson
Invisible Library, The by Genevieve Cogman
Jason and Medea
Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold! by Terry Brooks
Paris Wife, The by Paula McLain
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Three, The by Sarah Lotz
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
I have read 17 of 26 books so far.


  1. Once I finish my PhD this year I think I'll start signing up for challenges again. I had one year where I just took on too many and I was constantly picking books to fit them and it made reading feel too much like work – even if the books were ones I'd been wanting to read. So I might stick to the broader "read your tbr" challenges when I finally do get back into them.

    Good luck with yours though, especially the alphabet one!

  2. A good selection of challenges! My sign-up post is going up on Wednesday πŸ™‚ The Popsugar one looks good – I turned it down for some reason, but I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Ellie says:

    I like the Popsugar one – just because you could read one of these a week (or over three weeks, for the trilogy one) and still complete it. Might save that image just for my own use if I need a little direction at some point. πŸ™‚

  4. Fay says:

    I've seen the Popsugar one making the rounds on Pinterest! Looks intense! I like the look for the Alphabet one πŸ˜€ is that by author or title?

    1. admin says:

      Title. Somebody else has posted an author version, but that doesn't interest me as much!

  5. Jillian says:

    Good challenges here. I also want to join the popsugar challenge! Sounds so much fun and so many different choices.

  6. Bev Hankins says:

    Welcome back to Mount TBR and Read It Again!

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