A few minutes ago, I finished my 250th book of 2015. After meeting and increasing my Goodreads book goal twice, I’m going to hold at 250 and declare myself a winner with a month left in 2015. That means I’ve averaged about 22 books a month, and it’s a little above my typical total for years past except for 2012 when I somehow read 488 books. I still can’t explain that one.
Anyway, by all quantifiable measures, 2015 has been a good reading year, but yet, I’m left with mixed feelings about it. Nothing really stood out, and part of that is because I’m still hoarding books I’ve been meaning to read for months. One of my book-related goals at the beginning of this year was to stop with the hoarding, but that’s the goal I’ve completely failed at accomplishing. It’s weird to say I’m in a slump because I’m reading a ton, but I can relate to this Book Riot article about having an “off” year of reading. I want to have a little more enthusiasm about what I’m reading, and I think I need a little challenge to kick me out of this rut.
This is where the Semi-Charmed Winter 2015 Book Challenge comes into play. There are 12 categories with assigned point values, and because a couple of categories include 2 books, there’s a total of 14 books. I’m a month late to the challenge, but it still has two months left, which is plenty of time to read 14 books. It will be fun to see how many points I can collect in this final month of 2015.
5 points: Book that’s 100-200 pages long
My selection: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
10 points: Debut book from an author
My selection: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10 points: Book that doesn’t take place in my current country of residence
My selection: Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
15 points: Book published under a pseudonym
(Submitted by Megan M.)
My selection: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
15 points: Book with “Boy,” “Girl,” “Man,” Or “Woman” in the title
My selection: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
15 points: Book with a one-word title
My selection: Rook by Sharon Cameron
20 points: Book with a person’s first and last name in title
My selection: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
20 points: Food-themed book
(Submitted by Jamie at Whatever I Think Of!)
My selection: Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food by Susan Marks
20 points: Book with a verb in the title
My selection: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
30 points: Two books with the same title by different authors
(Submitted by bevchen at Confuzzledom)
My selections: This is the hardest category for me, but for now, I’m choosing Claimed by Evangeline Anderson and Claimed by Elle Kennedy.
30 points: Two books (1 nonfiction and 1 fiction) about the same subject
My selections: My subject is murder in Victorian England, and I’ll be reading the nonfiction book The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders and the novel A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn.
Wish me luck! I received The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith and Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross today from my library through Overdrive, so one of those will be my first read for the challenge. I’ll post updates here on the blog as I complete the categories.